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Boss Redknapp tips Ledley King for World Cup call-up

Ledley King
King's England career has been heavily curtailed by injury problems

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Ledley King should be in England's World Cup squad despite the knee injury which restricts his ability to train.

After seeing him score in Spurs' 3-1 loss to Manchester United Redknapp said King could do a job for England if given the correct training programme.

"They'd need to take advice from our medical staff because if you didn't you would break him," said Redknapp.

"He can play every six days and there are six days between World Cup games."

King, 29, has won 19 England caps, but missed out on a place in the 2006 World Cup squad because of a broken foot.

It's Tiggers Shelf

His career has been blighted by a problem with his right knee which restricts his fitness regime to swimming and gym work, with minimal time on the training ground with team-mates.

He was last called up to the squad in March 2009, but with doubts over the fitness of first-choice central defenders Rio Ferdinand and John Terry, Redknapp said his man would be up to the task if called upon.

"He is so important. He makes a massive difference to us and a fantastic character to have around," he said.

"Imagine how good he would have been without the injury. He would have been unbelievable because he is at the top level now without training."

see also
Man Utd 3-1 Tottenham
24 Apr 10 |  Premier League
World Cup scouting: centre-backs
23 Mar 10 |  World Cup 2010
Ferdinand out of England friendly
25 Feb 10 |  Football
Redknapp backs King for World Cup
08 Feb 10 |  Tottenham
Ferdinand dismisses fitness fears
17 Dec 09 |  Man Utd
King has England role - Redknapp
03 Apr 09 |  Tottenham
Capello hits back in King dispute
27 Mar 09 |  Tottenham
Capello awards King shock call-up
22 Mar 09 |  Internationals
Injury curtails Woodgate's season
12 Mar 10 |  Tottenham

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