Ledley walked an identical path from the Academy at Spurs to the centre of England’s defence.
He won 21 caps in total – surely it would have been more, but for injury – and remembers the feeling winning that first senior cap gave him over 10 years ago, against Italy in March, 2002.
“Steven’s been fantastic, he’s slipped into the team seamlessly and is so composed for one so young,” said Ledley.
“Quite rightly, his form has been recognised and it’s brilliant for him that he’s been called into the England squad.
“Having been there myself, it’s a big confidence-booster when you first go into the England squad.
“You come back to your club with your head held high, so confident, really believing you are a player. I remember it was a brilliant feeling for me and it will be beneficial as well for Tottenham he he goes on to win that first cap.”
Our legendary former captain and now Club Ambassador knows exactly how Steven is likely to feel after joining the full England set-up for only the second time this week for the friendly against Sweden in Stockholm.