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Capello’s considering Ledley – are things really that bad?

Ledley King – Really?

Ledley King

Time was when the England centre back berth was keenly contested by a group of players who could probably stroll into any other team on the planet. There’s a rich tradition at the back – Bobby Moore, Phil Thompson, Terry Butcher, Tony Adams, Des walker, Sol Campbell. Not to mention the lesser names of Mark Wright, Keown, Carragher, Woodgate during the small window of time before his body revolted, Southgate regardless of THAT penalty. The list is actually endless.

All of which makes the current dearth of World Cup contenders all the more remarkable, and slightly worrying. Both Ferdinand and Terry have endured seasons to forget, and the back up of Upson and Lescott will hardly fill the nation with confidence.

Today’s big news (as reported in the Daily Mail) is that Capello is so concerned that he’s considering taking a gamble of Ledley King’s notoriously gammy knees, by including the Tottenham man in his final squad – despite the fact that he hasn’t turned out for the national side for around three years.

It’s a move that smacks of extreme desperation, given that King definitely won’t be able to play in all of the matches, so what should Capello do?

Take the gamble? Or is it time to get on the blower to Carragher/Campbell?

Let us know your thoughts with a comment.

2 responses so far
  • kurac // March 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    give shawcross a go

  • John Swaine // March 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Ledley King is the most talented fullback in a generation.

    The World Cup probably has the right pace for him to nip in and grab a game or two – he’s almost certainly worth putting on the plane.

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