Scott Parker last night put in another sterling performance for Charlton as the
Scott Parker last night put in another sterling performance for Charlton as the Londoners moved up to seventh place in the Premiership...
The midfielder's dynamism and work-rate provided the platform for Alan Curbishley's men to overcome high-flying Birmingham, despite a Christophe Dugarry-inspired comeback.
Although delighted with the whole team's performance, Addicks' boss Alan Curbishley was quick to pick out the influential Parker.
"Scott has been like that all season - and the two games he didn't play, we didn't play. That's how important he is to us," he said.
And, having already received one call-up from Sven for the friendly match against Australia in February this year, Curbishley believes his star man could now be ready for a return to the international fold.
"I don't know if he is going to be in the next England squad and we don't shout about our players like that," he reflected.
"But what I do know is that Mr Eriksson, Tord Grip and all the other scouts come and watch us every week.
"I am hoping that the reports go in and he gets the recognition he deserves. I don't see a better midfield player at the moment.
"He has just been so consistent and I think he has still got a bit more in his locker. I think he can get goals."
Although Scott didn't get on to play at Upton Park, he relished every minute of his experience as part of the squad for the Upton Park game.
"Words can't really express how it feels," he told TheFA.com at the time. "Representing your country is something that you dream about."
In their final friendly on home soil for six months, England face Denmark on November 16.
Statistics refer to league appearances/goals only
Italics refer to loan spell
England U21: 11 caps, 0 goals
England U18: 4 caps, 1 goal
England U16: 5 caps, 1 goal
England U15: 7 caps, 2 goals