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SIGN OF THE TIMES FOR LEDLEY

Posted on 12 November 2005  - 12:00

Ledley King views it as a sign of the times in that he will is being kept company by four Spurs teammates on England duty for this weekend's friendly encounter with Argentina in Geneva.

Ledley King views it as a sign of the times in that he will is being kept company by four Spurs teammates on England duty for this weekend's friendly encounter with Argentina in Geneva.

The brilliant centre half travelled to Euro 2004 in Portugal as the sole Spurs representative in the England squad, but he is now joined by Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick and Jermaine Jenas.

"It is great and the first time that we've all been together in the squad," said the winner of 14 caps. "It is a sign of how well the club is doing and we've got some great English players - also at under-21 level.

"It shows how the club has done and how it is progressing. We have exciting English players and have others coming through. It is always nice to see familiar faces when you go away, but the squad is quite young and there are a lot of players who have come through the under-21s and players I have played with before.

Ledley hardly needs much of a booster after his fine display in the win over Poland last time out, but he accepts his chances of boarding the plane for Germany and appearing in World Cup 2006 will probably be better served by producing another strong midfield holding performance at international level should he get the nod to play against Argentina.

It is a nice feeling though to have four of your teammates in the squad with you. It is a confidence booster

"With the top quality centre halves we've got in the country it is difficult to get a place there in the England team. Even though I still feel my position is at the back, I am still happy to do a job for England if they need me in that role. It is a good option.

"Possibly playing the two positions gives me a strong chance of going, but is depends on your form and how you are doing at club level. It is important I keep working hard and doing well for my club.

It is different for me, you receive the ball from the defenders with your back to play, where playing at centre half you normally face the other end. It is something a defender finds quite difficult when you go into that position.

"I've played it before though and feel strong and confident enough to do it again. Everyone is proud to represent their country and getting on the pitch is what you want to do.

"This is a game to look forward to as Argentina are one of the best teams in the world. It will be a good test before the World Cup to see where we are at and it should be a good game."