Comparisons were drawn between Roy Hodgson’s men and the Champions League winners even before they set out for Poland and Ukraine, with both having been written off after being forced to parachute in new managers.
But the fairytale turnaround masterminded by Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is seemingly being mirrored by Hodgson at Euro 2012 after England defied the odds to top their group and set up Sunday’s quarter-final against Italy.
Tottenham midfielder Parker said: “I think we have a real togetherness and commitment in the squad and, ultimately, that can get you a long way.
“We’ve seen that last season with Chelsea and other teams. Fundamentally, they are the main key ingredients of why we can go and progress further. “It’s going to be a very tough game against an Italian side that are very well prepared and organised, with individual qualities. “If we carry on doing what we are doing, we can maybe upset them.”