Scott Parker Factfile

Scott Parker was born and raised in Lambeth, South London and has represented England at every level from Under-15s to senior.

His talents first came to the fore when, as a 13-year-old, he displayed his keepie-uppie skills in a TV advert for McDonalds, before graduating from the FA's national school of excellence at Lilleshalle.

He signed for Alan Curbishley's Charlton Athletic as a trainee and made his senior debut against Bury in August 1997. Two months later he was offered a professional contract by Charlton.

He enjoyed a brief loan spell with Norwich City in 2000 to gain more experience and returned to the Valley, immediately establishing himself as an assured first team player. He made 145 appearances for the Addicks, scoring ten times.

Scott's skills soon caught the eye of then-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and he was given his international debut in January 2003 against Denmark, when he came on as a substitute. He joined Chelsea for £10m a year later, in January 2004, and was named PFA Young Player of the Year at the end of the 2003/4 season.

In December 2004, Scott suffered a setback when he broke the metatarsal bone in his foot and was sidelined for the remainder of the season. He joined Newcastle United for £6.5 million at the start of the 2005/6 season and scored his first goal for them at Cheltenham in the FA Cup in January 2006 on his 200th career appearance.

He was awarded the captaincy by Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder on the eve of the 2006/7 season. He became Curbs' first summer signing when he signed a £7 million five-year deal with the Hammers on June 6th 2007.