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King keen to forge Terry partnership

06 Jun 2010 - 13:56:42

Tottenham defender Ledley King believes he can strike up a good central defensive partnership with John Terry for England at the World Cup.

The 29-year-old is also convinced that his knees will stand up to the rigours of a tournament when the games come thick and fast.

King can train only twice a week because of knee problems but said: "I've shown this season I can play games in quick succession. Monday to Saturday shouldn't be a problem.

"The medical team, the facilities are second to none. I believe with the right help and support I can do that.

"The medical team, the manager have allowed me to do what I normally do. I couldn't ask for any more than that."

England coach Fabio Capello is expected to partner King with Terry after Rio Ferdinand was forced to pull out of the tournament on Friday with knee ligament damage.

King added: "I've known John for a long time. He's a great communicator on the pitch and that's what you need.

"It is difficult. We're not going to have much time to for it regardless of me training once or twice a week.

"I am an experienced player and have played for long enough to know my position.

"I will keep an eye on training - especially for set-pieces - and I am sure I will know where to be on the pitch.

"Communication is key and, if that's good, we have a good chance."


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