Capello accepts King's England KO
Published : 24 Mar 2009 13:30:00
Ledley King has returned to Tottenham and will play no further part in England's preparations for the games against Slovakia and Ukraine.The move, taken with the full agreement of both the England and Spurs coaching staff, brings a predictable end to a bizarre 48 hours.Fabio Capello sprang a major surprise when he picked King in his 24-man squad, given the defender is unable to train due to a chronic knee condition.Although King joined up with the England squad on Monday night, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp questioned the wisdom of such a move, confirming if the 28-year-old featured in next Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley, he could not be considered for club duty against Blackburn on April 4.King was on the team bus that went to training at Arsenal's London Colney complex on Tuesday morning, but returned to the Three Lions' base in Watford without actually getting off.Then, a couple of hours later, came confirmation of King's departure." Ledley King has returned to Spurs Lodge to continue his rehabilitation over the course of the international break, following discussions and assessments overnight by the medical staff of both the club and the England national team," said a statement released by the FA. "It has been agreed by both parties that the best interests of the player are served by continuing his individual training programme at the club and he will play no further part in England's preparations or participate in Saturday's friendly against Slovakia or the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine." Meanwhile, Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips had a sore back and missed the session at Arsenal's training complex, while Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch had a tight calf and sat out. Neither complaints were considered serious.