Midfielder Scott Parker has vowed to make the most of every minute in his first major international tournament.
At 31 the Tottenham anchor has accrued only 13 caps in a stop-start England career but is set for a crucial role under in Ukraine and Poland.
Having waited so long to play at the highest level, it is one he intends to grasp with both hands.
"It's a massive tournament for me personally," Parker told BBC Radio Five live.
"At 31 it's my first tournament so it's one I have been looking forward to for a long time and I am over the moon.
"You always watch the games and wish you could be there or playing a part in it but for one reason or another it wasn't meant to be.
"I suppose now I am here I need to try to soak up every bit of it and do the best I can when I'm called upon."
With Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard both missing through injury, Parker and captain Steven Gerrard have hugely important roles in the centre of the park.
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