White Hart Lane defender hangs up his shin pads.
Tottenham defender Ledley King retires from playing
Tottenham defender Ledley King has retired from professional football and will take on an ambassadorial role at the club.
The former England defender, 31, has struggled with injuries for a number of years and has been unable to train on a daily basis.
“I have been here since I was a boy, it is a second home for me,” King told Tottenham’s official website.
“I’m pleased that I can continue to work within the club.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is perhaps not a huge surprise but nonetheless does bring an end to a lengthy White Hart Lane era for the determined Tottenham centre-back. Ledley King has of course struggled with knee injury concerns for a number of years and was finding it increasingly hard to play a succession of games and had cut back on training with his team-mates in order to sustain his playing career.
Is it thought that the Stepney born stalwart will be handed a coaching role by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and perhaps this will make the transition from playing to management a more steady one.
King amassed a total of 313 Tottenham appearances over the course of 14 seasons and scored 15 goals in the process. The Spurs defender also won 21 England national team caps and was part of the 2010 World Cup squad.
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