Scott Parker Is Responsible For One Of The Greatest Tackles In Premier League History

To celebrate the birthday of Scott Parker, let's go back in time and remember one of the best tackles you'll see this century.

20 years, 450 appearances and seven clubs later, former England international Scott Parker retired from football at the age of 36.

The former Charlton, Norwich, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Spurs and Fulham midfielder played his final game for The Cottagers against Sheffield Wednesday in May, 2017.

He went onto make 31 appearances during the 16/17 season.

Parker, who was voted Player of the Year for 2011 by the Football Writers' Association, made 18 appearances for his country, making his international debut for the senior team came on 16 November 2003 when he came on in the 66th minute as a substitute replacing Wayne Rooney.

All of the above are certainly impressive feats, but Parker's most notable achievement came during Newcastle's trip to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Parker, who was playing in the centre of Newcastle's midfield at the time, ploughed into Chelsea winger Joe Cole with a hard, but fair challenge.

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Image: Premier League

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Cole's body did a massive flip, like Stone Cold just landed a clean stunner on The Rock, who sold it like a man possessed, and the crowd stood up in anticipation. 'Fight?'

Here is that wonderful challenge on repeat for 56 unforgettable seconds:

In another career highlight, Parker was also part of the England squad that beat a Spain back in 2011.

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Image: PA

From Xavi and Iniesta to Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, this incredibly talented group achieved it all - except a predictably routine win over a distinctly average England side at Wembley back in 2011.

Vicente del Bosque's Spain struggled to deal with the likes of Darren Bent and Scott Parker, as a typical Frank Lampard goal in the 49th minute sealed a shock victory over the then World and European champions.

Here's that line-up:

England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Lescott, Jagielka, Cole, Walcott (Downing 46), Jones (Rodwell 56), Parker (Walker 85), Milner (Adam Johnson 76), Lampard (Barry 56), Bent (Welbeck 63).

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Phil Jones may have anchored the midfield before Jack Rodwell replaced him after 54 minutes, but England managed to hold on and record a 'memorable' 1-0 win against the European and World champions.

What a time to be alive.

Thank you for the memories, Scott Parker.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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