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Keano on the King

09 May 2014|Tottenham Hotspur

They shared their most treasured Spurs moment together.

And Robbie Keane insists the fact that Ledley King asked him to lift the League Cup with him after our 2-1 triumph against Chelsea in March, 2008, said everything about Ledley the person.

After 628 appearances for the club between them, the long-serving pair had a winner's medal each for their service.

Robbie remains 10th in our list of all-time top goalscorers with 122 goals in 305 appearances over two spells at the club between 2002-08 and 2009-11. He's taken the MLS by storm since departing for LA Galaxy in 2011, helping Galaxy take the MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012.

"Ledley was captain, had been at the club since he was a kid and it worked well because Ledley was away from the team training most of the week, he was with the physios, so I was the one out there and keeping things in check, so to speak.

"It was a good partnership because Ledley was quiet and I was the louder one. I would always say if something was on my mind or if I felt something wasn’t right. It was a good balance. Ledley was calm, I’d be the one losing it! It was a good mix.

"When we beat Chelsea at Wembley both of us lifted the trophy. Ledley didn’t have to do that. He was captain, but he decided he wanted me to lift it with him. That says all you need to know, that’s the person he is.

"It was a special moment for Ledley, myself and the club, and a brilliant day for everyone."

Ledley's qualities as a footballer were there for all to see but when someone like Robbie pays tribute, you listen.

"Everyone knows how good he is. I’ve heard a lot about the Fantasy Football programme on Sky and everyone who has played with him will have him in their team. Jonathan Woodgate did recently. He said some great things about Ledley, but killed me!

"Ledley's probably not aware of how people talk about him and that’s about how humble he is.

"It’s all ifs and buts now but you would have loved to have seen a fully fit Ledley King, he would have played every World Cup, every European Championship, without question. He would have been one of the best centre-halves England have ever had. And I don’t say that lightly, either. That is fact."