Ledley proved to everyone that he's capable of playing at the very highest level when he performed magnificently in his competitive debut for England against France in Euro 2004 last weekend.
Unfortunately for Ledley, John Terry was fit again for yesterday's second group game against Switzerland and was recalled by boss Sven Goran Eriksson.
Ledley joined us as a trainee in July 1997, became a professional the following year, made his debut at Anfield in the final match of 1998-99 and, at just 23, has already racked up 130 first team appearances.
"The club should be proud what he's done," said Chris, a guiding light in Ledley's career so far. "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.
"There was certainly no surprise with how he did against France. 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.
"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."
Chris Hughton says the club can be proud of the development of Ledley King as he's progressed from Academy youngster to England hero.