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Video special: Ledley Q

Posted on 27 September 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).

You voted him Player of the Month for August, we asked for your questions and you responded in numbers...now Ledley King answers a selection of those questions in this Q&A session. You can also watch this interview on video.

From Ben Norris, Crawley: What team did you support as a young boy?
Ledley King: "It was two teams. At first I started supporting Millwall with one of my friends from school but I soon switched to Tottenham."

From Andrew Hall, Newcastle: How does it feel to hold the record of the quickest goal in the Premiership?
LK: "It was a great moment. It took a big deflection as well - hopefully people will have forgotten about that!"

From Sachin Patel: How does working with Glenn Hoddle differ from George Graham?
LK: "We play a lot more football in training. The boss encourages us to express ourselves and play football and we're all looking to take that out on matchdays. I played in midfield under George and I back at the back now. It's different but I enjoy just as much."

From Goran Lundwall, Norway: Who was your favourite player as a child?
LK: "I liked all the strikers. I liked Van Basten in his day. As soon as I came to Tottenham though I realised Sol was someone I wanted to follow."

From Andrew Ellis: What did you think when Sol Campbell moved to Arsenal?
LK: "I was shocked but this is part of football. These things happen. You have to move on."

From Tracey Dennison: Will you marry me?
LK: "I don't think I'm ready for marriage yet!

From Eddie Mills, London: Over the years much has been made about the need for defenders to be able to bring the ball out and use it well. Is this something you work on or is it part of your natural game?
LK: "I think it's important. The ability to bring the ball out of defence and be able to pick out passes takes a lot of pressure off the team. I've always been that kind of player. There is a lot of defending I need to learn about still."

From Matt Winchcombe: Do you feel any pressure in having to replace Sol?
LK: "I wouldn't say I feel the pressure. I'm a totally different player. Only time will tell I suppose."

From Ilan Weinstein, Edgware: What was it like making your debut against Liverpool?
LK: "It was a great experience. I came on at left-back at Anfield, only 18 and I think we were 2-0 up at the time. We ended up losing 3-2. That was disappointing but it was a great experience for me."

From Noam Mirvis, London: Do you remember a teacher called Mr Emrith? He says he taught you science in school.
LK: "I do remember him. He was quite tough."

From Colin Slasberg: What aspect of your game do you think you should improve over the next 12 months?
LK: "Heading, definitely. All aspects of defending. There is still loads to improve on."

From Carl Beard: Who has been your role model?
LK: "Sol. Les has been great as well since I've been in the first team squad."

From Andy Clarke: What do you expect to achieve this season both personally and with the team?
LK: "For the team, good cup runs, possibly winning one of them and getting into Europe via the league. Personally just to stay fit and stay in the side."

From Richard Styles, Kent: Did you always want to be a footballer?
LK: "Nothing else entered my mind."

From Dean Hughes: Who are the best players you've played against?
LK: "The Manchester United players. Roy Keane when I played in midfield, Giggs, Beckham, they are all quality. Different players can be a handful at different times."

From Sebastian Valmont: Who do you get on best with off the pitch?
LK: "Alton. We've both come through the youth team and he doesn't live that far away from me and we used to travel in together."

From Paul Rannow: I'm 14 and I also play in defence. Is there any advice you can give me?
LK: "Believe in your ability and enjoy your football. I've been lucky to have good advice from the senior players here."

From Steve Morris, London: Can you make it into the World Cup squad for 2002?
LK: "It is something to aspire to. I'm always setting myself targets and if that is the next step that is something I'll be looking to achieve."