Parker is still young at heart

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SCOTT Parker is happy to be playing the role of England’s oldest young one.

It is possible only four members of the team which started the last-16 defeat by Germany in the World Cup will retain their places for tomorrow’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro.

Most bring with them the air of youthful exuberance.

Whether it be 24-year-old goalkeeper Joe Hart, striker Danny Welbeck, who is not yet 21, or Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, who is yet to win a senior cap, the freshness is evident everywhere.

In one sense, Parker does not belong in the same category. After all, he is a decade older than Welbeck. However, with just seven caps, the Spurs midfielder shares the same innocence.

“It is clear to see there are a lot of very good young players coming in,” he said. “People talk about my age, but you could probably include me in that. “I haven’t got a lot of experience at international level. I am 30 and one of the oldest in the squad, but I am new to this as well.”