Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker is delighted to have overcome a long-term Achilles injury and now has his sights set on representing England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The former West Ham midfielder started all four of England’s matches in Euro 2012 but needed surgery upon his return from Poland and Ukraine and subsequently missed the first half of the 2012-13 Premier League season.
Parker returned to action in mid-December and has since started 13 successive games for Spurs, earning him a recall to the national team and reigniting his desire to play in the World Cup.
"Now I am amongst it again, the fire rumbles in my belly to get there for Brazil," Parker told reporters after linking up with the Three Lions squad for the qualifying double-header against San Mario and Montenegro.
"I have not had many massive injuries in my career but the ones you do have give you that hunger again. I need to take things one step at a time but, now I am in the squad, if I get my chance I need to take it."
Parker faces competition for selection in central midfield, and admitted that the doesn’t expect his defensive qualities will be needed against minnows San Marino in Friday night’s Group H clash.
"You would like to think a more defensive player like myself would be needed less against San Marino than Montenegro," the 32-year-old added.
"It will certainly be a different game but also it will be a difficult one. San Marino will have 11 men behind the ball and will camp in to make it hard for us to create chance. Our focus will be breaking them down, getting the three points and moving on to Tuesday."