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Injury forces King to retire

A persistent knee injury has forced Tottenham and England defender Ledley King to retire from football at the age of 31. For the last few seasons he has been managing the injury by not training and not playing every match, but he has now accepted he cannot continue.

"Sadly my injuries and inability to train have now finally brought an end to my career," King announced on the club website. "I have been here since I was a boy, I have always considered it my club and have always found it hard to imagine wearing the shirt of another team."

King was one of the most gifted defenders of his generation, and if it had not been for his injury problems, would have won many more than his 21 England caps. He appeared in the 2004 and 2010 World Cups.

King spent all his career at Tottenham, since making his debut in 1998. "I know that being a one-club man is a rarity these days," he said, "but I have always enjoyed being part of the set-up here and the challenge of putting this club up with the elite where it should be."

King will now take up an ambassadorial role with the club. Chairman Daniel Levy paid tribute to the player’s character. "Ledley has made a magnificent contribution to this club – as a wonderful player, captain and ambassador," Levy said. "It has been well documented how he has battled against injury over the years and it is testament to the character of the man how he managed to sustain such high standards of performance on the pitch, while providing such fine leadership."

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