The England coach gives us the inside track on Sven's latest England squad...
When TheFA.com caught up with England coach Tord Grip to discuss Sven-Goran Eriksson's latest squad, players on either end of the age range were on the agenda...
Middlesbrough's vastly experienced Gareth Southgate returns to the fold while Scott Parker receives only his second-ever call-up to the full England squad.
Tord is full of praise for both.
"We know a lot about Southgate," he says. "He's been out of the England set-up for a while, both due to injury and the fact that we've had so many good young centre backs like John Terry and Matthew Upson also breaking through. They have both taken their chances well so we have good options. But Gareth is a reliable man.
Southgate has a reassuring presence around the England camp and his form at the heart of Middlesbrough's defence is as good as ever.
"When he has played, he has been terrific," admits Tord. "Sven saw him play against at the weekend and he impressed again. Because he started life as a midfielder, he's good on the ball. We need those kind of players. We don't want defenders who win the ball only to give it away. Gareth retains possession well. He deserves his place in the squad."
Southgate's experience is a valuable commodity in a relatively young squad and Tord is hopeful that England will be able to call on that quality for a while yet.
"He's a nice guy, a good character and a very professional player. I think he can play on for another four or five years."
At the other end of the spectrum is Scott Parker.
The 23 year old will be delighted to be in the reckoning and desperate to get his first taste of senior international football.
Tord explains the attributes that have caught Sven's eye:
"Scott is a player that we looked at last season but this season he has been a little bit more disciplined which you have to be to play in the centre of midfield. You can't try to do too much and he has realised that.
"When he wins the ball, he can either pass it or go past people. So he's a threat going forward as well as a very conscientious midfielder who protects the defence.
"He goes hard into the tackle and, although I wouldn't say he should change his style of play, I think he is so quick that he can win the ball without always committing himself to the challenge. He's so nimble and quick on the turn that he's very difficult to beat in a one on one situation. He can run for 90 minutes that's for sure."
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