Tuesday 28 February 2012
Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has been named England's player of the year for 2011.
The 31-year-old came top in an online poll on the Football Association's website after playing in seven of England's nine matches during the year - including a strong performance in the 1-0 victory over world and European champions Spain in November.
Parker grabbed 17% of the 15,000 votes cast in the poll, while Manchester City keeper Joe Hart was second and Manchester United winger Ashley Young third.
"It was a very exciting year for me internationally and I'm looking forward to more action"
- Scott Parker
Parker said: "I don't think I ever lost hope that I could make it at international level. I crammed a lot in one year. I realised time was ticking.
"The Denmark game [in February 2011] was pivotal. I came on for 45 minutes and then I got a start against Wales in a big game [in March] and that was massive for me.
"I played in midfield with Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard and we got a great result. It ended up being a great game for me.
"From there I played a lot more games. It was a very exciting year for me internationally and I'm looking forward to more action.
"It's a proud moment every time I pull on the England shirt. It's something I've always wanted to do, whenever I was playing outside, whenever I was playing at the park with my mates it was always England you try to emulate and try to be."
Parker won only three caps in seven years prior to making the breakthrough in 2011.