Controversial Call-Up

Five reasons why Ledley King’s England call-up is pointless

Perennially injured defender makes Mr Capello’s cut

Ledley King

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.

[See the full squad here]

5 responses so far
  • Durkin // March 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Thats goes to show just HOW good he really is!

  • Irish Spur // March 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

    From a completely selfish view point I find myself actually agreeing with one of your anti spurs articles. I would much prefer to see ‘the King’ rested over the international period as he makes such a difference to the Spurs side and there is no coincedence that our results have picked up since he has been playing all our league matches

  • James147 // March 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I’m astonished at so many peoples’ attitude to King’s call up. The argument is that if he can’t play two games a week in a tournament, he’s not worth bringing.

    In England, we have 3 centre backs who are WAY better than the others: Ferdinand, Terry & King.

    So in tournaments, you play Terry & Ferdinand as first choice and have King ready to cover the odd game, if either of them get injured or suspended.

    It’s really very simple folks. :-) He doesn’t need to be able to play 2 games in a week. He just needs to be able to cover Terry and Ferdinand.

  • David Allison // March 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    #6 Ledley missed training today…

  • David Allison // March 24, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    ^^^ LINK ^^^,19528,11095_5094377,00.html

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