Tonight will see the 3 lions kick off their World Cup 2010 campaign agaisnt the USA, now most people are thinking that the USA could very well be capable of causing an upset tonight, but not me, and why?. Simple because for the same reason Tottenham finished in the top 4 of the Premier League last season, and that reason is “WE’VE GOT LEDLEY AT THE BACK”.
If you want my opinion I think Rio Ferdinand’s injury could turn out to be a blessing for England, not only do I think Rio was lacking in fitness but also he hadn’t had the best of seasons. The only scenario that could have been better would have been if it happend to John Terry instead and then Wayne Bridge could have been called up too. But we can’t have it all and it looks like tonight that Ledley will get the nod to partner John Terry at the back. Ledley didn’t have the best game agaisnt Mexico the other week but let’s take into account it was his first England game for 3 years. I know the ability Ledley has and tonight he will prove me right, in Euro 2004 he was thrown in at the deep end and even though we lost to France in the last minute, Ledley didn’t put a foot wrong for the whole 90 mins. He had to then leave the tournament due to the birth of his first child.
As a Spurs fan I would love to see Dawson given a chance at some stage in the tournament over Carragher and Upson who again haven’t had the best of seasons with their respective clubs. Dawson and Ledley at the back for England would bring a tear of joy to my eyes. I think it is such a shame about the injury that has plagued King for the past few years now, I think had he not had this curse then he would be England captain, all you have to do is look at his ability and reputation and the fact that Tottenham are a different side when he plays to know he holds all the key attributes to be a captain, this might sound biased and probably is but i’ve seen it week in week out for Tottenham.
Let us all remember when Thierry Henry said he felt King was the best defender he had ever come up against.
He said: “I don’t like defenders who hold the shirts of other players. The only defender here who doesn’t do that and sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily is Ledley King.
“He is the only guy who doesn’t hold players. He will get the ball off you without you even noticing. For me, that is a good defender.
“He plays without any contact yet is somehow still strong and gets the ball without doing any fouls.”
Now this is coming from a Thierry Henry who was in his peak and the best player in England at the time of his comments. So tonight I am confident of a solid England back line with King and Terry at the back, I am also hoping Capello makes the right choice and starts Aaron Lennon on the right wing and lets him do what he does best.
Like the rest of you I will be hoping all of the Tottenham boys do well and bring the cup home for England so we can tell all the Gooners how Tottenham won the World Cup in 2010. Come on England!!