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LEDLEY UP AND RUNNING

Posted on 8 June 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King was back at Spurs Lodge this week with his mind focused firmly on next season.

Ledley King was back at Spurs Lodge this week with his mind focused firmly on next season.

The central defender took a break from his rehabilitation from a metatarsal fracture following the naming of the England World Cup squad, allowing extra recovery time to ensure he is fit and fresh for the beginning of pre-season training.

"It has been great to come in and actually get a run under my belt," said the skipper who sustained the injury near the end of the win up at Everton in mid-April.

"It seems to be pretty good and I will come in for a few more days, then have a little break before getting ready for the start of it all.

"I took the pressure off myself in that I didn't have to rush to get my fitness back. After the squad was announced I decided to have a rest and get myself right for the beginning of the season.

"That is my main focus," he continued, adding that the hurt of missing out on Germany 2006 will be used as a driving force for him in the season ahead.

"I am old enough to understand how it works. You have ups and downs in football and I am taking the disappointment into next season with me and I will be better for that.

"It is better to keep things in your head to drive you on to do better next season."

Putting his own disappointment to one side, Ledley is delighted that four of our number are in the England squad and he believes they all have the capacity to shine on the biggest stage.

"It is great to have that many players in the squad and I am sure they have all got a chance of playing some part in the tournament.

"The type of players we have are always likely to get a chance. It will be a great experience for them and I'm sure they will all come back stronger from being at the World Cup.

"I think it will be tough, teams have been preparing for the World Cup for a long time and all of them are aiming to get out of the group stage. Teams are improving year in, year out and the ones you expect to beat are not so easy to overcome these days.

"If the players perform to their potential though, we can go through and do well."