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02 Apr 2009 16:15:00

King steels Spurs for Euro test

Spurs skipper Ledley King has put his recent club-versus-country row to one side and is now concentrating on a push for European qualification. The 28-year-old's recall to the England squad angered Spurs boss Harry Redknapp as his club captain suffers from a chronic knee condition that prevents him playing matches in quick succession. His recall lasted approximately 40 hours before he was sent back to Spurs to prepare for the Premier League trip to Blackburn on Saturday, with Redknapp's men in the hunt for a seventh-placed finish that should see them reach next season's Europa League. "Things are looking up, we're in good form and these are the games you have to go and win when you are in that form," said King. "We've been in good form in the past and notoriously we'd go and slip up in a game like this. It's a big test for us now. "It's always a tough place to go, they are a physical side and over the last few seasons most of the games have been very close. You know that you are in for a difficult game up there and I'd expect nothing different. "Their fans will get behind them and it's up to us to keep them quiet and play our game. "We've been better away from home of late, we've found a formula that works for us and we'll be looking to that again." Redknapp has been encouraged by his side's recent form but is still expected to alter his squad in the summer. Spurs are still looking for a solution on the left side of midfield - they are admirers of Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing, with Manchester City's Martin Petrov also emerging as a possible target. Jamie O'Hara has staked his claim for a place on the left, and he is determined to prove himself after returning from injury. "I just want to get back into the first team and keep progressing as a player and hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt," O'Hara said on Setanta.


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