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Ledley can handle it

Posted on 15 June 2004  - 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).

Chris Hughton is convinced Ledley King will take any disappointment in his stride if he loses his England place to John Terry.

Ledley was outstanding in central defence as England dramatically lost their Euro 2004 opener against France on Sunday.

Terry has now recovered from a hamstring injury and most pundits predict that Sven Goran Eriksson will turn back to the Chelsea man for Thursday's clash against Switzerland.

"These are the big decisions a manager has to make," said coach Chris, who has overseen much of Ledley's development at Spurs since he was a 17-year-old.

"All he can do is look after his own part and that part is, if selected, to go out on the pitch and perform well.

"If he goes on to play more games in the tournament then he's deserved it, if not, it's been a great experience for him.

"As a player you want to be able to perform at the highest level and there is no higher level than that. When you also think that he was up against arguably the best team in the world with possibly the three best players in the world it was wonderful for Ledley and an experience he can always look back on and remember."

There was certainly no surprise. If I look at his level of performance over the last few years we know how capable a player he is at the back, even though he played much of last season in midfield.

I'm sure it wasn't only Tottenham people but the public in general who saw the game has spoke about how well Ledley played and handled the situation.

Realistically, England wouldn't have put him in if they didn't feel he could do a good job and he came out of it very well.

Ledley is the type of individual that even if he is nervous on any given occasion you won't generally see it, that is the character he is. Any nervousness would have been a reflection of how big the game was but everyone would have shared that because you are playig against arguably the best team in the world.

The club should be proud what he's done. I've been involved in his development but there are plenty of individuals who have also spent time with him and the best thing from our perspective is that it's been a good team and club effort. When you see someone go on to represent their country, the highest honour they can have, there is a tremendous sense of achievement throughout the club.

As a player you want to be able to perform at the highest level and there is no higher level than that. When you also think that he was up against a team with possibly the three best players in the world was wondeful for Ledley and one he can always look back on and remember.