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Totenham midfielder Parker sympathises with Man Utd's Ferdinand

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has sympathy for Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after his England withdrawal on Monday.

Ferdinand's decision may have been influenced by a desire to prolong his club career but regardless Parker appreciates the physical duress top professionals can suffer.

"I have an understanding of it and I think every player does," he said. "Not just when you get to a certain age but any age really, the games become so much quicker and faster, there are times when you have to maintain your body and look after it really.

"Obviously I am very disappointed for Rio as I am sure he is bitterly disappointed he can't be here. But that's the way it is and there are players who are going to step in and do the job."

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