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Parker stays grounded after Spain victory

Scott Parker has followed Frank Lampard’s suit in urging England not to get carried away following their 1-0 friendly victory over Spain.

Lampard’s close-range header after half-time in the match at Wembley on Saturday sealed the win for Fabio Capello’s charges, and Parker has urged England to improve on their performances as they prepare for Euro 2012.

“We’ve obviously got a good result and we had a game plan and obviously we accomplished that,” Parker told Sky Sports.

“The one thing is we can’t get too carried away.”

“In terms of tournament, I think we need to build on this, we need to take confidence from this and hopefully go into the tournament next year full of confidence.”

The Tottenham midfielder – almost eight years to the day he made his England debut – took pride in his side’s ability to limit the world and European champions to only a small number of clear-cut chances despite their overall domination.

“It was a tough game and I think the stats will probably favour Spain today, but, ultimately, we’ve got the result. It was very, very pleasing,” he said.

“We were very solid. We limited them to very few chances.”

“They had a lot of possession at times, proved they have got some real, real class. But we defended very well and obviously we tried to hit them on the break.”

“It was a good team performance and when you play against Spain, you have no doubt that they’re going to have a lot of the ball. The one positive thing is we stuck together.”

Parker also hailed England’s performance considering the absences of regulars John Terry, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

“It says a lot. They’re obviously world-class players and would compliment any team,” he said.

Sun 13 November, 2011
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