Parker 'outstanding' for England

Pearce full of praise for captaincy candidate

Scott Parker: Trained with Stuart Pearce's England squad at Wembley on Tuesday

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England interim manager Stuart Pearce has praised Scott Parker's 'outstanding' contribution to the national team over the past 12 months.

The Tottenham midfielder, who is a candidate to be named the Three Lions' captain to face The Netherlands on Wednesday, has been voted his country's Player of the Year by fans.

Parker took 17 per cent of the vote ahead of Joe Hart and Ashley Young after coming in from the shadows to feature in seven of England's nine matches over the past 12 months.

And ahead of facing the Dutch, Pearce, who has stepped up as boss from Under 21 manager and a member of the senior team's coaching staff following Fabio Capello's resignation, was in no doubt about the 31-year-old's contribution at international level.

"I think he has developed, without a doubt, as a player and has probably developed as a man as well," England's caretaker manager told a press conference.

"Sometimes it takes time to get your confidence around a group. I found that with my international career.

"I think that has happened with Scotty. I think he is now comfortable in the group.

"In respect to him winning Player of the Year, I think, rightly deserved. I think he has been outstanding for us and a good member of the group."

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