Ledley King retires from the game
Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King, a long-standing supporter of the Kick It Out campaign, has retired from professional football and will now take on an ambassadorial role at White Hart Lane.
The former England defender, 31, who featured in ‘The Y-Word’, a film written and produced by David and Ivor Baddiel aimed at tackling antisemitism in football, has struggled with injuries for a number of years and has been unable to train on a daily basis.
“Sadly my injuries and inability to train have finally brought an end to my career,” King told Tottenham’s website.
“I’m pleased that I can continue to work within the club.”
King joined Spurs as a trainee at the age of 16.
After his debut in 1999, he went on to make 264 league appearances for the club, winning the Carling Cup in 2008, and was club captain.
The centre-back also represented England 21 times and was in the 2010 World Cup squad.
His last appearance for his country came against the United States in South Africa two years ago.
“I have been here since I was a boy,” added King.
“I have always considered it my club and have always found it hard to imagine wearing the shirt of another team.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club and to the fans.
“I have missed a lot of football over the years, but the Spurs fans have always been patient and incredibly supportive with me during difficult periods.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy described King as a “wonderful player, captain and ambassador”.
“It has been well documented how he has battled against injury over the years,” said Levy.
“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.”
King’s last Premier League appearance for Tottenham came in a 1-0 defeat at QPR on 21 April.
From BBC Sport