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  • Alan H Alan H Mar 23, 2009 04:59 Flag

    King Is King

    For a guy to battle through constant pain limitation injury nursing to keep him out there and performing as he is---then to get back into the national squad. Must be the supreme accolade to a most deserving professional.
    Total respect thrown his way by Cappello, but don't know whether the decision is a wise one or not?

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    • Bloody hell, nbr, can just imagine you and doctor Berlin having your own football mental and physio surgery.
      Outside in the yard there'd be hundreds of pairs of old footy boots and trails of blood.

    • I'm not convinced it will have... imagine how frustrating it must be to know you're playing well and have that rewarded with England selection, only to be told a couple of days later that your body's too knackered to cope? All that would have done for me is remind me the glue factory's not too far off, which is hardly a motivating thought.

    • my advice alan, would be shoot the missus take 2 nurofen and go for a lie down, shooting the missus would take care of the nagging and the tablets and lie down should solve the headaches, job done, next patient please....................;-)

    • Well it's over the bar shouting now, but the episode will have given Ledley a tremendous mental boost for the run in and his determination in general.

    • He had no business being out there. Rather silly to call him up to be honest and drag him all the way there

      Capello OUT

      Only kidding....., he's done alwight so far

    • I was about to ask you for advice on my nagging headaches, Berlin---but I daren't.

    • i think the problem lies in exactly what you wrote nbr, 'worse than they thought', his knees are totally shot, i've already read somewhere that his knee joint is virtually bone on bone, very little cartilage tissue there at all, i love the bloke to bits, and i see it as a mark of respect that capello called him up, unfortunately it wasn't to be, sadly i fear that after football he will probably be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life :-(

    • "continue his rehabilitation" - what rehabilitation?? They've accepted they can't do anything for it other than rest & occasionally play! His "rehab" will be resting & maybe one training session (and probably a few nights out...), what was the point in calling him? Unless it's worse than they thought, but surely they're not naive enough to think that we wouldn't have played him much if he was fine...

      Very disappointed for him, I was looking forward to that.

    • I doubt it - Capello made it clear when there was all that business about Beckham's 100th cap that he'd do nothing out of sentimentality, only if the player deserved it, and King's not had enough England caps to warrant a pity call-up.

      I think it's simple: King's been one of the best English CBs in the league, particularly on recent form, and Capello's determined to use the best of the resources he has available. I don't think he'd have called him if he wasn't going to play him (there's no point with his at best minimalistic training opportunities), so I think there are two options: 1) he wants him to help England qualify and will play him next Wed even if it means him missing a game for Spurs (which I don't really have a problem with, I'd be really pleased to see him back in competitive international competition), because he thinks he's one of the top CBs, or 2) he wants to play him for the friendly to see how he gets on coming straight into the team (i.e. if he can do it as well for England as he can for Spurs).

      If it's the latter, I suspect he'll be using it as an equivalent of a training session for him to see if - if he stays on current form - he can fit into the squad and should be used for future qualifiers, or (quite probably) as cover for the actual cup. I'd say only cover, but don't forget he's been employed successfully as CB and DM, if we were to qualify it'd be useful to have someone in the team who can run out in either of those positions even if only as a sub or in one game.

      I'm really pleased about it: Ledley knows his health and isn't going to risk it, the Spurs medics aren't going to let him risk it and according to media they're at the training camp, and Capello's no fool, he's not going to do anything to endanger him, but he's a great player and he doesn't have long left in the game; he deserves to be playing for his country and I'm glad he's been given the chance to do so in spite of the obstacles.

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