England fans don't always strike you as the most intelligent of people, but 83%, an overwhelming majority, have seen through the Scotty Parker myth and voted for other players as England's Player of the Year.
Parker fans, and his supporters in the popular press, have been making a big deal out of the narrow victory of Parker in the public vote but it is very easily explained. In truth polls of this sort are absurdly subjective. Will a Tottenham fan vote for an Arsenal player or vice versa? Will a Man Utd fan vote for Hart? Will an Everton or Liverpool fan vote for Rooney? And so it goes on!
Parker, on the other hand, has the backing of the fans of two of the best supported clubs in the country: both Tottenham and West Ham. Let's face it, who else could both sets of fans vote for? Rob Green hasn't been near the England team over the last year and neither has Cole. Dawson has been out injured and Lennon and Defoe have been sidelined. Walker is emerging but wasn't a serious option.
And who else was in the running? John Terry? Do me a favour! Frank Lampard? Universally loathed outside of Chelsea. Wayne Rooney? After that dismissal? Gerrard? He hasn't played! Wilshire? Sidelined and forgotten. Ashley Young? He's black; and plays for Man Utd!
The amazing thing in the circumstances is that Parker only polled 17% of the vote. Winning this nomination is like winning the long jump when all the other competitors are in wheel chairs; and Parker only won it by the equivalent of a centimetre!
How many goals for Spurs so far? None. How many assists? Still just the one!