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Ledley's sympathy for Luke

Posted on 10 June 2001  - 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 had every sympathy with Luke Young after his Greek tragedy last week.

Injury robbed Ledley of the chance of playing alongside Luke in England’s European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

In the end he had to watch in horror as his team-mate and Chelsea’s John Terry were both sent off as Greece ran out 3-1 winners.

Capped five times at this level, Ledley said he could tell the English lads were coming to the boil.

Ledley said: “The Greeks were diving all over the place and you could see the lads were getting frustrated with them.

“It’s not like Youngy to get sent off like that but I know what it’s like when you play some of these countries abroad.

“To be honest it looked like the kind of game I would have liked to have been involved in. I was disappointed to miss out.”

The defeat left England with plenty to do to finish in the top two of the group and into the play-offs for next summer’s finals.

The next game is crunch time against Germany next season and Ledley is determined to be involved and get back to the finals — the tournament that thrust him into the limelight in the summer of 2000.

“I’m sure we can still push on and get the results,” said the 20-year-old. “I want to be involved in the finals again.

“That’s where I got my break a year ago and I would like to play in the competition again. Germany are always tough but that’s one we’ll look forward to.”

Ledley was ruled out of Howard Wilkinson’s plans by a fractured cheekbone sustained against Sunderland in April. That nasty knock left him unconscious, required surgery and ended his season early.

But the fracture has healed and Ledley says he is raring to go again.

“My cheekbone has healed,” he confirmed. “Unfortunately I couldn’t play at the end of the season but I’m ready for next season. I feel fine physically and I’m raring to go for next season.”