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 afternoonâ€™s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Leeds at Elland Road.
â€śBut I didnâ€™t play,â€ť he said. â€śI was in the team all the way to the final, but was Âinjured.
â€śI went up and Âreceived a medal. But it is not the same when you donâ€™t play.
"You ask any player, someone like John Terry who didnâ€™t play in the Champions League final. It just isnâ€™t the same.â€ť
It would be appropriate if Parker realised his dream with Tottenham, the team he supported as a boy.
â€śI 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 doesnâ€™t reflect it, but we were bang in the game for a long time.â€ť