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Ledley King – Would He Be In Your 23?

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May 312010

Many have suggested that Spurs defenders Ledley King is a must for the plane to South Africa, whilst others have had question marks over his fitness. For me it’s a no brainer, he is being touted as being better than both Rio and Terry but can he handle 3 games in quick succession? Why not, he managed to do it for Tottenham. What I don’t understand is the fact that everyone is questioning his fitness level due to missing games throughout the domestic season, now let’s get one thing straight here, Ledley played double the premiership games to Rio Ferdinand last season, so why is Ledley’s fitness the one in question?
I remember back in Euro 2004 when Ledley was thrown in at the deep end for the opening game agaisnt France and put on a very impressive display then. Theirry Henry classed him as the best defender he has ever faced. I for one don’t feel that people have noticed just how good Ledley King really is, he reads the game better than any other defender and personally due to the poor season John Terry had I would put him at the back with Rio for as many games as he can handle.

What are your thoughts, people are debating whether he should even be in the squad but for me he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Capello To Name Final 23

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May 312010

Tomorrow Mr Capello will narrow his 30 man squad down to just 23, and I fear that at best 2 Spurs players will not make the cut. You have the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson who have had a great season for Tottenham but have only come into late contention for England call ups.

Dawson is the one I fear for the most has during the last 2 Friendlies has failed to feature at any stage, but then again neither has upson. I suppose the number of defenders sent home depends on whether Capello is confident of the fitness of Ledley King, if he is then it could spell the end for both Dawson and Upson. The likelyhood is also that Tom Huddlestone will follow them both out of rht squad along with either Adam Johnson or Scott Parker or even both. Also Wright-phillips or Walcott will possibly give way. Almost certainly one of the 2 left backs will go which will probably be Stephen Warnock.

Out of the forwards I think its between Darren Bent and Heskey as to who doesn’t make the journey but I also fear for our very own Defoe as he is not currently in his best form. Tomorrow we will find out for sure, but I suspect it will be 2 or 3 Tottenham players staying at home this summer, however even if that is the case they will all still have England caps to come in the future.