Tottenham's Harry Redknapp and Fabio Capello end Ledley King England feud
21 May 2009 10:12
Before England's meeting with Slovakia in March, Capello underlined his refusal to back down in the row over King, who was suffering with a knee injury, and suggested that Redknapp had been guilty of double standards.
The England manager explained then that he had simply selected King on the basis of his recent performances and asked why Redknapp was not so outspoken over the call-up for Scotland of Alan Hutton, who has not played a club game since November.
But Redknapp said: "I'd love to see Ledley play in the next two England games, I'd be behind it 100 per cent.
'These next two games are in June so there would be no problem. It's only in the season where he has to be nursed along.'
Meanwhile, King will be disciplined by Tottenham after being arrested outside a nightclub nearly two weeks ago.
The Tottenham defender apologised to Redknapp, who would not detail what punishment King would receive but did launch an attack on the drink culture which pervades football.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is adamant there is not a drinking culture at White Hart Lane and he is happy to prove it on the pitch.
He said: "The thing is I've never had a problem. In the time I've been playing football there has never been anything about me drinking."