Parker happy with resilience
Scott Parker believes England deserve "massive credit" for their Euro 2012 efforts but claims it is "just the start".
Last Updated: 20/06/12 9:21am
Scott Parker believes England deserve "massive credit" for their Euro 2012 efforts but claims it is "just the start" as they prepare for a quarter-final against Italy on Sunday.
Wayne Rooney's second-half goal was enough to give the Three Lions a 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday and see them qualify from Group D in top spot.
The win was far from straightforward as Oleg Blokhin's men dominated possession and chances, particularly in the early stages.
And Ukraine will point to John Terry's goal-line clearance that appeared over the line.
Parker acknowledges that it was a tough test but feels England's resilience was the key to their success.
"They were a good organised team," said the 31-year-old midfielder after the game. "Obviously they're good on the counter-attack.
"In the hostile environment that it was they put us under pressure at times.
"They had some good chances but I think if there's one thing we've shown during this tournament it's that we've got some good resilience about us. We really dogged it out.
"I think everyone man-for-man stood up and was counted for. The back four were immense and everyone deserves massive credit really.
"We've done pretty well. We realise it's just the start and we move on to the next game now but hopefully we can keep going.
"The game-plan was to win the game. We've won the game and we move on."
France's defeat to Sweden means Roy Hodgson's side have avoided a quarter-final with world and European champions Spain by winning the group.
And that sets up a last-eight tie with Italy in Kiev on Sunday. Parker believes that will be another difficult match but is glad of the additional 24-hour break.
"A tough game," added Parker. "A good squad and a good team. We'll go and prepare now. We've obviously got an extra day which is crucial to us."