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A Lion's pride

Posted on 14 May 2010  - 12:00

Ledley King believes the six Spurs players named in England's provisional World Cup squad reflects the wealth of homegrown talent we have at our disposal.

A Lion's pride

Ledley King believes the six Spurs players named in England's provisional World Cup squad reflects the wealth of homegrown talent we have at our disposal.

The Club captain was one of those selected by national Head Coach, Fabio Capello, in a 30-man party that will travel to Austria next week for a pre-tournament training camp.

It gives the defender the perfect chance to impress ahead of what could be his first ever World Cup Finals.

And Leds is delighted that he will be joined by Spurs team-mates Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, and fellow centre-half Michael Dawson in making a bid for the final 23-man squad.

He said: "I'm looking forward to the training camp and there are six lads from Spurs so I'll be in good company.

"It's a reflection of the season that we've had and there are other Spurs players who could have been involved in the squad had they played more this season.

"It just goes to show we have a great base of English players at this Club.

"Any player will tell you they dream of playing in the World Cup and so far I've never had the opportunity to do that.

"To be picked in the 30-man squad gives me the opportunity to prove that I deserve to go to South Africa."

Like Ledley, Daws also returns to the international fold after a three-year absence, and his club skipper couldn't be more happy for him.

The pair shared a key central defensive partnership towards the end of the season as we clinched a fourth place Premier League finish, and Leds is full of praise.

He added: "It's brilliant for Daws and thoroughly deserved after the season he's had - I don't think there has been a better centre-half in the country, so I'm delighted for him.

"I think people underestimate him as a ball player. He's comfortable on the ball, has a great range of passing, and he's been getting better and better.

"I'm sure that England fans will see that."