Parker - I've raised my game
Scott Parker believes the wealth of quality at Tottenham has helped raise his game ahead of the international break.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 01/10/11 1:27pm
Scott Parker believes the wealth of quality at Tottenham has helped raise his game and he hopes to be selected in England's side to face Montenegro next week.
Parker, capped eight times for England, has hit the ground running at White Hart Lane since sealing a switch from Championship side West Ham on transfer deadline day.
National team boss Fabio Capello is due to name his squad for the tricky trip to Montenegro, and Parker insists he is better prepared for an international role than ever.
"When you are working with people with a higher calibre it makes you raise your game," he told The Sun.
"No disrespect to the players I had been working with at West Ham, but the players at Spurs are very, very good quality.
"I'm learning from these players as well and playing for Tottenham will boost my England prospects."
In the immediate future, though, Parker is preparing for his first North London derby as Tottenham host Arsenal on Sunday.
The midfielder admits he has never faced a game "of this intensity" before, and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admits Parker could well have been lining up on the other side.
"I thought maybe they would take Scotty," Redknapp told the Daily Mirror. "That was always my one concern. I could see him going there at one stage.
"In the end we went for Scott when there was no-one else there and I think Tottenham was the move he really wanted."