BREAKING NEWS: Surprise, surprise, crocked King returns to Spurs fold after England release injured
24 March 2009 01:12
Ledley King has returned to Tottenham and will no play no further part in England's preparations for the friendly against Slovakia or the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, the FA confirmed.
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.
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King, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Peter Crouch all missed England training today.
The trio sat out the opening session as the Three Lions prepare for Saturday's friendly against Slovakia at Wembley.
King's absence comes as no surprise with the defender unable to train properly at Tottenham because of a persistent knee injury.
King was seen arriving with the squad before departing again, with Spurs medical staff working with him this week as well as Fabio Capello's backroom team.
Despite admitting he was unsure about his international future, King was drafted into Capello's squad to face Slovakia, then Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier the following Wednesday.
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If King played at Wembley against Ukraine, it would virtually guarantee that he would miss Spurs' game against Blackburn following the international break. Boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he is furious at that prospect.
Portsmouth striker Crouch and Manchester City winger Wright-Phillips were rested after picking up slight knocks at the weekend.
Wright-Phillips is suffering from a sore back and missed the session at Arsenal's London Colney complex, while Crouch has a tight calf. Neither complaints are serious, however.
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