Parker insists Achilles injury is fine

The tough-tackling midfielder has put any injury concerns to bed after a typically dynamic performance in the 1-0 victory over Norway, and said it felt good to play

England midfielder Scott Parker has revealed how pleased he was to play in the 1-0 win over Norway and insists that his Achilles injury is fine.

Parker missed the last couple of games of Tottenham’s season due to the knock, which then brought his Euro 2012 presence into doubt.

However, the former West Ham skipper was at his best on Saturday, putting in a number of outstanding blocks as the Three Lions narrowly defeated Norway 1-0.

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The tough-tackling ball-winner started alongside Steven Gerrard in the heart of midfield and lasted around 60 minutes, seemingly putting to rest any injury fears.

Parker told Sky Sports News: “Tomorrow [Sunday] will be the key for me but I felt really fine.

“I have felt fine for about the last four or five days. I have trained fully and obviously it was good to get out there. I felt OK so I was pleased."

The Tottenham man was pleased to see the side get off to a winning start under Roy Hodgson and knows how important first impression are.

He added: "It is a fresh start so in a way you have to prove to him that you are worthy of a place in the team," he said.

"It was obviously good to get out there and as a team we showed what we could do.”