Parker has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the game with a never-say-die attitude that has won many admirers at Tottenham and ensured he is one of the first names on the teamsheet for England.
He came through the ranks at Charlton to establish himself as an important member of the first team squad. Technically gifted and an extremely good passer, he is a graduate of the FA's National School of Excellence.
The midfielder joined First Division Norwich City on loan at the end of October 2000 after playing only a handful of first team games in the early part of the season at The Valley. The 2001-02 season saw Parker really become a true star for Charlton and England honours would follow, representing his country at the European Under-21 Championships in Switzerland in May 2002.
The star's vibrant box-to-box displays won many admirers and Chelsea paid a total of £10 million for him in 2004, although he just missed the cut for England's squad for Euro 2004. Unable to impress among the Blues’ stars, he lasted until the summer of 2005 and it was Newcastle United who won his signature in a deal worth £6.5million.
His performances earned him a recall to the England squad after an absence of more than two years. But it turned sour for Parker in 2006-07 as he was made a scapegoat for Newcastle's poor season and he opted to leave the club in the summer, moving back to London to join West Ham in a £7 million deal.
After initially struggling at Upton Park through injury, Parker was named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 2011. Yet he could not save West Ham from relegation, and, after their demotion, Tottenham swooped late for his services where he established himself as one of the finest midfielders in the division and even captained his country.
Strengths: Parker boasts a remarkable engine. His never-say-die attitude marries psychological qualities with physiological stamina. He technique is decent, the midfielder tidy in possession and capable of accurate shooting from distance.
Weaknesses: It could be suggested that Parker's commitment can sometimes blur into the over-zealous. Furthermore, his, albeit restricted, struggles at Chelsea indicated a lack of ability to grab a game by the scruff of the neck and shine for the 'big boys'.
Career high: Being named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 2011.
Career low: Suffering relegation with West Ham in the 2010-11 season.
Style: Box-to-box, tenacious, never-say-die.
Quotes: "We were diabolical but at half-time Scott was inspirational. Scott was in the zone - I've never seen him like that. If you were there you would have had a tear in your eye." Carlton Cole on Parker's half-time speech against West Brom.
Trivia: As a 13-year-old, Parker appeared in a British television advert for McDonald's as part of the 1994 FIFA World Cup campaign, in which he did some keepie uppies in his back garden.