Ledley King withdrawn from England squad

24 March 2009 07:26
The move, taken with the full agreement of both the England and Spurs coaching staff, brings a predictable end to a bizarre 48 hours. And it will also raise suspicion that King's international career is effectively over at the age of 27

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. FA officials confirmed that they would not risk King unnecessarily, and have now agreed to send the defender back to Tottenham.

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And Redknapp, speaking in the Sun was angry and bemused that those plans had been disrupted.

"If Ledley plays against Ukraine next Wednesday, there is no way he would be able to play for us the following Saturday.

'I explained that but they have gone and picked him anyway. I can't see it myself, it's mad. It's pointless at best.

'Ledley came into training on Monday after the Chelsea game and his knee was badly swollen. He usually goes straight off to see the medical staff and they get to work on him. He hardly trains with us.

'He barely manages anything on a Friday the day before a game, that's how it has to be with him."

After King was called up on Sunday, the Football Association released a statement in which they pledged not to take any risks with the player's fitness.

'The England management have spoken to Tottenham Hotspur FC and explained that they will take no risks at all with Ledley King,' said an FA spokesman.

'They fully understand the player's injury situation but they wanted to have a close look at him in the team environment as Ledley has not previously been part of a Fabio Capello squad.

'He will be monitored during the week by the England and Tottenham Hotspur medical staff before any decision on training or playing is made.'


Source: Telegraph