Jake Livermore has hailed Tottenham team-mate Scott Parker for making him a 'better player' since the captain joined from West Ham last August.
Parker's presence added pressure on central midfield places but, despite Luka Modric and Sandro among those competing for a starting spot, Livermore made 38 appearances in all competitions this season.
And the 22-year-old paid tribute to Parker, who has been named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's Euros.
"Obviously Scott coming here added competition," said Livermore, who scored his first Tottenham goal against Hearts in a UEFA Europa League qualifier last August.
"However, I think it's made me a better player, staying here, learning from him and playing alongside him.
"He's taught me all about the timing of closing down, the timing of pressing and when to sit off and get into a shape.
"They're little things you pick up on, little things that perhaps you can't put your finger on and explain, but training with him and all the other players as well, day-in day-out, is the best education possible."