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Return fit for a King

Posted on 25 May 2010  - 12:00

Ledley King marked his first international appearance in nearly three years with a goal in England's 3-1 friendly victory over Mexico at Wembley on Monday night.

Return fit for a King

Ledley King marked his first international appearance in nearly three years with a goal in England's 3-1 friendly victory over Mexico at Wembley on Monday night.

He was joined on the scoresheet by Spurs team-mate Peter Crouch as five of our six players selected in Fabio Capello's provisional World Cup squad got a taste of the action.

Giovani Dos Santos was in opposition but could do little as the Three Lions took control after 17 minutes thanks to Ledley.

He turned home a header from 10 yards after Crouchy had knocked down Steven Gerrard's deep corner - the perfect start to his return to the international fold.

And the night was to get even better from both an England and Spurs perspective when Crouchy made it 2-0 on 34 minutes. He was alert from close range after Wayne Rooney's header came back off the bar, taking his international goals tally to 21 goals in 38 games.

Guillermo Franco put the Mexicans back in it on the stroke of half-time before Glen Johnson restored England's two-goal lead just two minutes into the second half.

By then, Crouchy had been replaced by yet another Spurs man, Jermain Defoe, and he was followed off the bench by both Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon.

It means Michael Dawson still awaits his first senior England cap and will certainly be hoping to play a part in England's last friendly before the final World Cup squad is selected against Japan on Sunday.

Importantly, Ledley played the full 90 minutes, further proving his seemingly ever-improving fitness levels to Capello as the Finals edge closer.

You can get closer than ever before to Ledley by bidding for one of his signed match shirts, a signed pair of his boots, and his signed captain's armband on the End of Season Auction, now live. Click below to start bidding...