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LEDLEY ON THE DRAW

Posted on 27 January 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King believes England cannot have too many complaints over the draw for the qualifying stages of Euro 2008.

Ledley King believes England cannot have too many complaints over the draw for the qualifying stages of Euro 2008.

England have been placed in a group with Andorra, Macedonia, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Croatia. It will be a first meeting with Andorra and Estonia when the games come around on the road to Austria and Switzerland. It will also be an opening contest with Russia, although Bobby Robson's England did lose 3-1 to the former USSR in the finals of Euro 88 in Germany before winning 3-1 at Wembley three years later.

"I think we've got to be pleased with that, although not many games are easy at international level any more," reasoned Ledley. "Countries are improving all the time and there is always the chance of an upset.

"They are not places that will be straightforward away games, but we have got to be professional and bring the points back. That is what we have got to do."

Ledley admitted it is strange thinking ahead to Euro qualification with the World Cup finals looming on the horizon.

"It is, obviously the World Cup is on most of our minds at the moment, but it is good to know what we are going to be up against after that."

The home games, of course, will be the first competitive internationals played at the new Wembley Stadium - a prospect Ledley is looking forward to.

"That is going to be great, playing back at Wembley, and we know the fans will make it a special place for us. It will give the whole country a lift once we are back playing at our national stadium.

"I've never played there before and was disappointed not to get the chance. I have watched games there before, it was a great place and hopefully the new one will create special memories too."