Parker wants Prem move

Image: Parker: Knows he must be playing in the top-flight to ensure a place with England

Scott Parker will hold talks with Sam Allardyce over his need to sacrifice West Ham for his England future.

Hammers star believes he must be in Premier League to keep international place

Scott Parker admits he will hold talks with Sam Allardyce over his need to sacrifice West Ham for a future with England. Parker, whose departure from Upton Park appears inevitable following the club's relegation to the Championship, will meet the new Hammers boss when the pair return from holiday. And the 30-year-old midfielder, who joined the London side in 2007, believes he must be playing in the top-flight next season if he is to keep his international place. Parker said: "Oh yeah, for sure. That's where everyone wants to play, in the Premier League, and I'm no different. I'm sure he'll give me a call and we'll go through things." Parker, who won Footballer of the Year award, has already been linked with Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal following an impressive campaign for a West Ham side who struggled all season. And with the Hammer's relegation confirmed after a Wigan comeback to win 3-2 on May 15th, Parker insists his priority now is to rest before considering where he may end up. Parker said: "As soon as that game ended, I think my main focus was having a rest and just shutting the body down, really. "It's been a long, hard season for the majority of the players in there. So, I'm looking forward to getting away with the family and just chilling out a little bit."


But despite Parker's desire to leave, the England international is convinced the appointment of Allardyce is the right one. Parker said: "I think his credentials speak for themselves. It's obviously a big signing for the club and a very good one. I'm sure the manager will do very, very well." Meanwhile, Parker earned his sixth cap in England's 2-2 draw at Wembley on Saturday in the European Championship Qualifier. And speaking after the game, Parker admitted that whichever Premier League club he chooses this summer there will be tough competition for his England place with Steven Gerrard set to return from injury next season. Parker added: "All I can do, like I've said before, is keep trying to put in good performances. "It was a strange game, really. We conceded two goals in the first half, which was difficult. Second half, we were pretty much on top and, on our chances, probably should've won the game. "Obviously, a little disappointed that we didn't get the three points but I think there were some positives out of it."

Around Sky