At 32, the England and Tottenham midfield player acknowledges that the opportunities are now Âlimited â which is why he takes extra motivation into this afternoonâs FA Cup fourth-round clash with Leeds at Elland Road.
âBut I didnât play,â he said. âI was in the team all the way to the final, but was Âinjured.
âI went up and Âreceived a medal. But it is not the same when you donât play.
"You ask any player, someone like John Terry who didnât play in the Champions League final. It just isnât the same.â
It would be appropriate if Parker realised his dream with Tottenham, the team he supported as a boy.
âI remember the 1987 final against Coventry and then the 1991 final against Nottingham Forest. The nearest I have come as a player was last season when we lost 5-1 to Chelsea in the semi-final. That hurt.
"The result doesnât reflect it, but we were bang in the game for a long time.â