Team spirit is the key - Parker
Scott Parker cites England's spirit and organisation as key to their progress at Euro 2012
Scott Parker admits England are still not in the same class as Spain but believes their organisation and commitment can help them progress at Euro 2012.
The midfielder played a part in England setting up a quarter-final meeting with Italy, and in the process avoid meeting the Spanish, via topping their group. Parker is a realist and acknowledges the quality Spain possess but hopes England can cause an upset as they grow in confidence.
The Tottenham player told TheFA.com: "Everyone talks about Spain and how great they are at passing the ball. Not every team is as good as Spain, that's the reality. There's not many teams who have been as good as Spain since I've been alive."
He added: "To think we are all of a sudden are going to turn into that is not what it's going to be.
"We are what we are, we're committed, we've got a good base, a good bunch of lads and with that you can go a long way.
"The more we progress we put more pressure on ourselves. We'll keep taking it step by step and then who knows?"
England are unbeaten in five games under Roy Hodgson, have conceded just three goals and become difficult to beat.
Parker said: "He (Hodgson) is very organised and you can see from the way we set up, that we're hard to break down.
"We showed that again [against Ukraine]. Our commitment and everything else is in abundance so hopefully we can carry on showing that.
"Fundamentally you need that as a side. From that, hopefully as the competition progresses, we can get more confident then, just maybe, we can upset it and keep going."
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well they have already surpassd expectation so anything that comes now will be an added bonus
come on England
The problem is, every other team in the tournament has a good team spirit and hard work ethic too.
If we are to progress, we have to beat Italy, and probably Germany and Spain. You couldn't say they lack team spirit or look disorganised.
We could possibly win against Italy with a slightly improved performance, and if luck is still with us.
But we haven't showed anything for a long time, never mind the 5 games Hodgson has been in charge, that looks anything like good enough to win against these top sides.
(hope I'm proved wrong though)