On Wednesday afternoon, Scott Parker announced his retirement from professional football after his contract with Championship outfit Fulham came to an end.
The 36-year-old, who won 18 England caps between 2003 and 2013, started his career at Charlton Athletic, and also turned out for Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur as he enjoyed a decorated career in English football.
Between 2007 and 2011, Parker represented West Ham, scoring 12 times in 129 appearances for the Hammers before leaving to join Tottenham at the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
There are some West Ham fans that have not forgiven Parker for joining bitter rivals Tottenham, but many understand his reasons for wanting to continue in the Premier League after the Hammers were relegated to the Championship.
Parker was placed on the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award after an impressive 2010-11 season, and despite missing out in that particular category, he was named the FWA Footballer of the Year.
After Parker’s retirement was confirmed, West Ham posted a tribute to their former midfielder on Twitter, and the response from the club’s supporters suggested that he is still hugely respected by the Hammers.
Happy retirement Scott! Thanks for the memories 🙌 pic.twitter.com/BCBHWjKGyG
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 28, 2017
West Ham legend. Proper hard Brexit centre mid.
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) June 28, 2017
What a player he was only played 100 odd games for the club but I'd put him in the top 5 overall players in the last 25 years easy .
— Scott Honeyball (@shoneyball34) June 28, 2017
Such a great player for us, wonder if he'll go into coaching, was a natural leader.
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) June 28, 2017
One of @WestHamUtd's best has retired – all class, Scott Parker.
— The Mole (@9_Moley) June 28, 2017
Shame he didn't play in better West Ham teams. Happy retirement Scotty. Great player for us.
— Mark Reynolds (@whumark) June 28, 2017
What a player, can't blame him for leaving
— Peter Tomkins (@Tomkins112) June 28, 2017
— cS_Hax (@Haxxter_YT) June 28, 2017
Was born 5 years too early, he would of been England's best midfielder in this current England squad. Best of luck Scott.
— den vincent (@den_vincent) June 28, 2017
One of my favourite all time West Ham players.
— Aaron (@tintedmemories) June 28, 2017
Pure class this guy
— Robert Saxin (@RobertSaxin) June 28, 2017