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Ledley King

Ledley King
King playing for Tottenham Hotspur
Personal information
Full nameLedley Brenton King
Date of birth11 October 1980(age 36)
Place of birthStepney, London, England
Height1.88 m
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubTottenham Hotspur
Number26

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Ledley Brenton King (born 12 October 1980) is an English footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur. He is the longest serving player at the club and captained Spurs since 2005. He is currently contracted to Tottenham until 2012. Known for his pace, strength, heading, composure on the ball with both feet and ability in timing his tackles, he has been described as "the best central defender I have seen in my career" by Martin Jol and was named by Thierry Henry as the only defender in the country who was able to get the better of him without committing fouls. In March 2009 an article in The Times named King as Tottenham's 25th best player of all time.

In recent seasons King has been plagued by chronic knee problems, for which no effective treatment or remedy has been found, which prevent him from playing more than one game a week. Instead of training with the rest of the squad King undertakes fitness exercises on his own. His manager Harry Redknapp has called King "an absolute freak" for being able to perform at a high level despite not training. King has also received praise from former team mate and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, saying that “He is like a magnet for the ball, a thoroughbred of a defender, the best centre-half in the country.”


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