Sven Goran Eriksson led the tributes for the 23-year-old who was only drafted into the squad on Monday and then started in central defence following John Terry's late withdrawal.
Ledley - in fine form in a new midfield role for us this season - grabbed his chance, defended well and capped it all by putting England in front in the second half.
He was certainly the focus of attention afterwards with most pundits suggesting he had put down a marker in terms of Euro 2004 selection.
Eriksson said afterwards: "If you talk about individual players, then of course there was Ledley King, who came into the squad late but had an excellent performance.
"He showed that he's ready for big international games in a position that he hasn't played in for some time.
"He scored a goal so it could not have gone any better for him.
"It's too early to say that he can win a place in the squad (for Euro 2004) but he's an option, for sure. After this performance, he's closer to the squad than he was before."
Ledley King was King of Portugal after a goalscoring first start for his country in the 1-1 friendly draw in Faro last night.