Redknapp defends stance over King

26 March 2009 10:12
"They are dedicated to nursing Ledley along and as a result this season we hope to get 30 games out of him. "Last season he played four, so I guess we must be doing something right at Tottenham. "The England medical staff took one look at Ledley's knee and finally realised the full situation. "I'm relieved they have seen sense and accepted what the doctors, medics and myself here at Tottenham have been saying all along." However, Redknapp is eager to make it clear that he want to see King add to his 19 England caps - and also play in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. "I don't want Ledley to retire from international football, " said Redknapp. "But him playing next week wouldn't have helped him at all. "If he'd played against Slovakia on Saturday he wouldn't be able to play against Ukraine on the following Wednesday. And he would still be touch and go for Spurs the Saturday after. "All I am trying to do is look after my player's interests and I hope to get another four or five years out of him for Spurs and maybe for England. "And nobody would be happier than me to see Ledley lifting the World Cup trophy with England."

Source: BBC_Sport