Scott Parker Is Responsible For One Of The Greatest Tackles In Premier League History
To celebrate the 39th birthday of former England international Scott Parker, let's go back and remember one of the best tackles you'll see this century.
The former Charlton, Norwich, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Spurs and Fulham midfielder played his final professional game against Sheffield Wednesday in May 2016 after making 31 appearances for The Cottagers throughout the 15/16 season.
Before that, 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 in November 2003.
He came on in the 66th minute as a substitute replacing Wayne Rooney and his career really kicked on from there.
All of the above are certainly impressive achievements but for many, Parker's most memorable moment came during Newcastle's trip to Stamford Bridge in 2005.
Parker was playing in the centre of Newcastle's midfield at the time when he ploughed into Chelsea winger Joe Cole with a hard, but fair challenge.
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In another career highlight, Parker was also part of the England squad that beat a Spain back in 2011.
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 finish in the 49th minute sealed a shock victory over the-then World and European champions.
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.
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