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King and country

Posted on 20 June 2002  - 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 admits to a hint of envy as he watches England's progress in the World Cup.

Our outstanding defensive prospect made his full England debut in March and was tipped for Sven Goran Eriksson's squad right up until a nagging Achilles problem ended his season in April.

So instead of travelling to Japan and South Korea, Ledley has been supporting his compatriots from home and now from our training camp in La Manga, where he'll watch England take on Brazil on Friday.

"I would love to be out there, definitely, there's a bit of envy there," he smiled.

"It's where any player would want to be. A quarter-final of the World Cup against Brazil - it would be the pinnacle of your career.

"England are doing superbly at the moment, fantastic. We've played really well and defended as well as anyone - Rio Ferdinand has been outstanding.

"I think Brazil will be a tight game and England can win it, 1-0 perhaps."

Ledley also missed out on the European U21 Championships - he was clearly missed as England bowed out at the group stages, finishing behind Italy, Portugal and Switzerland.

"It was a shame to miss that as well but I watched all the games," he added. "It was a tough group. I didn't think we played too badly but it was always going to be tough."

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