Parker: Minimum expectations are for England to reach quarter finals

England take on a wounded Uruguay this morning in their Group C fixture, with both sides needing a win to get their World Cup campaign back on track.

Italy snatched a narrow 2-1 win against England in the first round of group fixtures, with Uruguay crashing to a shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.

Former England international Paul Parker feels that the minimum expectation for The Three Lions is to reach the World Cup quarter finals.

"I think if England get to the quarter finals, everyone will go yepp okay that's alright," he told FourFourTwo.

"If they get through the group stages, the second round draw is very kind as to the games they can get.

"Get past that and you get to the quarter finals and as I know from 1990, luck comes into it so much."

Parker also feels that England should have called up Ashley Cole, whose experience would have come in handy in such a tough group.

"I'm still surprised that with a 107 caps and still looking so strong, that Ashley Cole wasn't taken," he said.

"To me it makes sense, and I'll say it again - Mourinho has caused Cole not to play.

"Because [Cesar] Azpilicueta, half decent as he was in that position as a full back, there was no balance in that Chelsea team.

"When he did play towards the end, he was mostly their best defensive player on the ball and going forwards, so it just doesn't make any sense leaving him out.

"I'm advocating taking all your experienced players. If you'd left out Lampard, I would have gone yeah okay there's enough midfield players but to leave out Ashley Cole in my opinion was totally wrong."

Paul Parker will be leading a team of former EPL players during the Emerald EPL Masters Tour Phuket from the 7-11 August. They will take on a Thai legends selection on 10 August at Sarakul Stadium.