Scott Parker
Is Parker the future of England as well as Tottenham?

Scott Parker could be a future skipper for England, according to Brad Freidel, with the midfielder currently one of the surprise favourites to take over the captaincy position after John Terry had it taken away from him.

Parker starred for West Ham last season, and after the side were relegated, he made the move to Spurs for what some considered to be a bargain at £5.5 million.

And while he has become almost priceless for Tottenham this season, having a big hand in helping the side become favourites to shore up a Champions League spot and push the Manchester clubs for the title, Freidel believes he could well be the future of England as well as Spurs.

"Joe Hart has the mentality to be a captain but you've also got with England two ready-made captains in Steven Gerrard and Scotty Parker," he told Talksport.

"Could Joe do the job, absolutely. Joe is a magnificent goalkeeper with a great head on his shoulders, but you have got Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard that are tremendous players.

"Playing with Scotty for the last six months or so you can see, whether he has the captain's armband or not, he is going to be a captain.

"He is a top pro around the club, he lives his life right, and on the pitch he covers in front of the back four the best that I have played with.

"When the right or left back go forward he is always looking at the gaps that he can cover and the amount of metres he covers in games are immense."

Parker had struggled to get a mention in his senior footballing career for England until the end of last year, and now he looks at the very least to be a big part of Fabio Capello's plans for the squad in the Euro 2012 tournament.

Parker played a big role in Tottenham's 0-0 draw with Liverpool this week, but he admitted that Harry Redknapp was sorely missed by the club in the match up.

"Harry gives that extra bit of energy. We've missed him the past couple of weeks," Parker told Sky Sports.

"We'll be absolutely delighted when he comes back. It was a tough night. When you come to Anfield it's difficult and tonight was no different."

Tottenham are currently third in the Premier League table, and are seven points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea.