Parlour comments on fantastic 'opportunity' facing Jamaal Lascelles

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour has commented on the opportunity facing some of England's talented youngsters.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour commented on talkSPORT on the opportunity facing Nottingham Forest’s Jamaal Lascelles and other England youngsters, as they train with the senior England team.

TalkSPORT's Ian Danter named Lascelles as one of the players who had been drafted into senior training by Roy Hodgson and Parlour said he found it difficult to see a downside.

“It's an opportunity to show the coaches and Roy Hodgson what you can do, that you're not phased by that level and stepping up to train with the first team - suddenly you're up against all of these stars - it must be fantastic for them to look up to those players,” said Parlour.

The international break is often viewed negatively because it breaks the rhythm and form of sides and that’s very relevant with Nottingham Forest.

Forest have been in good form since Dougie Freedman came in as manager and he’ll be keen for that to continue over the rest of the season.

Freedman may have been a little wary that his players heading off for international duty are opening themselves up to the possibility of getting injured.

However, one of the only ways for any younger player to develop and get better is by playing at a level and training at a certain standard, against players who have more experience and quality.

Hopefully Lascelles can use the experience to his advantage, play well during the break and then return looking to make a difference to Forest’s attack as they cling to the chance of a position in the Championship’s top six.

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