• Premier League

King expresses injury regrets

ESPN staff
October 15, 2012
Ledley King's career was plagued by knee problems © PA Photos

Former Tottenham defender Ledley King has revealed he will always have regrets about his career that came to a premature end due to a long-standing knee injury.

King, 32, announced his retirement in July after spending years fighting against a knee problem that severely limited his number of appearances for both club and country.

And the former England international, who now works as an ambassador for Spurs, believes he will always be left wondering 'what could have been'.

"I'll probably always think about what might have happened without the injuries,'' he told the Daily Mail. "When my knee started coming up I was 25 or 26, and was starting to feel I had a good understanding of the game and my position and could go from strength to strength.

"I had to deal with the injury and do what I could to keep my career going. I'll look back and realise I gave it everything I could to try to perform but it was difficult.''

King was capped 21 times by England and was part of Fabio Capello's 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa.

The centre-back started in the opening fixture against the USA but came off injured at half-time and failed to make another appearance for the rest of England's World Cup campaign - a bitter pill to swallow for King.

"Fabio Capello had wanted me to link up with England but I never felt fit enough," King said. "I wanted to put a long run of games together before I could even think about it. But before the end of that season, I played a run of games and my form was good. When he asked me if I wanted to go to the World Cup, I felt good. I felt the time was right.

"To break down again was a feeling that's hard to describe - it would have been nice to have had a run in a top tournament and shown what I could do for England.''

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