There have been many players who have distinguished themselves in the Premier League this season.
This man embodies everything that is right with football.
He is a leader in the best sense of the word.
He leads by example, he leads verbally, he leads emotionally.
I've watched him a few times this season. His performance in the victory over Liverpool was particularly memorable.
He has it all- drive, determination and even an eye for goal.
Why he isn't West Ham captain is something I do not understand, but that is a debate for another day.
I think everyone knows now about he speech in the dressing room when the Hammers overturned a halftime deficit to come from behind and beat West Brom at the Hawthorns.
That typifies Parker.
It shows how respected he is and it shows how much he cares.
This something England, as a team, has being crying out for.
When was the last time England had someone like this?
A team apparently full of leaders looked decidedly leaderless in South Africa in the summer.
Parker could change this.
If it was up to me, I'd probably give the armband to Parker, but that won't happen.
One step at a time- and the first is for him to start against Wales on Saturday.