Five reasons why Ledley King’s England call-up is pointless
Perennially injured defender makes Mr Capello’s cut
Everton’s Leighton Baines and Manchester Utd’s Ben Foster made the cut in Fabio’s squad for the England friendly against Slovakia on Saturday and World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine next Wednesday, but the biggest shock came in the inclusion of Ledley King.
We at The Spoiler are inclined to disagree with the selection of the man who believes Spurs can challenge the Big Four next season. Here’s some terribly constructive reasons why:
1. There are already five other centre-backs in the squad whereas there is only one recognised right-back. Therefore it would have made more sense to include another full-back like Luke Young.
2. Ledley King is supposedly incapable of playing two matches in a week, which means he won’t be much use at the World Cup.
3. Harry Redknapp said that King doesn’t even train between Monday and Friday at Spurs because of his problems. So either there won’t be much chance for the coaches to assess King in training, or he will get heavily involved in training and risk an injury that could jeopardise Spurs’ European hopes.
4. There is a perfectly fit and in-form Spurs centre-back who has been ignored in favour of King – Jonathan Woodgate.
5. England perform better when Matthew Upson plays, meaning he should be comfortably established as Capello’s third-choice. The West Ham defender’s England win percentage is 77% compared to King’s 58%*.
*We may or may not have been scrapping the barrel a bit for reason number five.