Arsenal legend Ray Parlour makes admission over infamous incident

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has made an admission over an infamous incident while he was away with England.

Parlour, who also played for Middlesbrough and Hull City, was in Glenn Hoddle's England squad at the time when the Tottenham Hotspur legend was employing the services of faith healer Eileen Drewery.

Hoddle's use of Drewery within the squad was the subject of much ridicule and media speculation.

And now Parlour has lifted the lid on an infamous incident he and Drewery were involved in when the player was injured on England duty.

'She thought it was funny'

Speaking on talkSPORT, Parlour said he had been sent to see the faith healer by Hoddle when he was suffering with a calf injury.

"Yes the story is true, (when I sat down) I just said (to Drewery) “short back and sides, please, Eileen'," Parlour told talkSPORT.

"I was only joking and trying to have a laugh, and actually she found it funny to be fair.

"But she told her husband, because she thought it was funny, and he was with a few of the other England players and the next thing it ends up in the papers."

Parlour was subsequently dropped from the England setup, a decision which still riles him as he felt he was 'in the form of my life'.

"I was player of the year and I really was in the form of my life," Parlour added.

"The Arsenal lads would say to me 'how are you not getting picked for England'."

England career never took off

Parlour, affectionately nicknamed 'the Romford Pele' played 339 times for Arsenal during one of the club's most successful periods and formed a key part of the famous 'Invincibles' squad.

But he only ended up representing the national side on 10 occasions despite his trophy-laden club career.

The boyhood West Ham United fan has turned his hand to punditry since his retirement and is a regular fixture on talkSPORT.

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