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Kick-start for King

Posted on 13 November 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ledley King hopes to kick-start his season on the international stage on Tuesday.

The versatile 20-year-old has linked-up with the England Under-21 squad for the friendly against Italy.

It has been a frustrating season for King. Outstanding in the European Under-21 Championship in the summer, he suffered a broken foot in the last minute of the last game and hasn't played a senior game since.

Switched to midfield at Spurs by boss George Graham, King has now played a handful of reserve games and has been back in the first team squad.

But ironically he could now make his senior debut for the season on the international scene where he last played back in May.

"It could be a real springboard for me," said King. "I've not really had a chance yet this season because of my injury although I've now played a few reserve games and been back in the first team squad. I'm now back in the Under-21s and hoping to do well again."

And no doubt revenge will back at the back of King's mind come Tuesday.

Italy beat England 2-0 in the opening game of the summer tournament and that's a result he would love to turn around. "We lost 2-0 but I thought we were a little unlucky," he said. "I don't know how many of that team will still be playing but it will be tough in Italy whoever they put out.

"I'm just hoping to play. Things went well for me before with the Under-21 squad and I hope that can happen again."