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Ledley King's Biography

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Ledley King was born on 10th December, 1980, in Bow, London.

King became the first choice centre back for Tottenham, and the club's captain. King has also played for England both in defence and in a holding role in front of the back four.

Ledley King joined Spurs in July 1997 and he signed his first professional contract with the club a year later.

Ledley King became Tottenham's first choice defender in the 2000-01 season, and was rewarded a year later with his first England cap against Italy in March 2002.

He was substitute in that match but made his full debut in a friendly against Portugal. He scored in the 1-1 draw.

Due to an injury to John Terry, Lesley King started England's first match of Euro 2004 against France. He played exceptionally well and looked very composed.

He made one more appearance in Euro 2004 against Croatia.

Ledley King can consider himself unlucky not to have been selected for the England squad for the World Cup in 2006. Towards the end of the 2005/6 season he got injured and may not have been fully fit for the World Cup.

In March 2009, Ledley King was recalled to the England squad, in spite of his chronic knee problem, which had been limiting his appearances and training.

However, Ledley King after a short while left the training camp.

On 10 May 2009, the BBC reported that Ledley King had been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

In May 2010, Ledley King signed a contract extension at Spurs until 2012.

On 1 June 2010, Ledley King was selected by Fabio Capello for the 23-man England world cup squad.

He retired from football in 2012.

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