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.
"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."
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King of White Hart Lane
• Spent his entire career at Tottenham but made just 323 appearances, scoring 13 goals
• One of those strikes was the quickest in Premier League history after 10 seconds against Bradford in the 2000-01 season
• Made England debut against Italy in 2002 and went on to earn 21 caps, scoring against Portugal in 2004 and Mexico in 2010
• Although commonly used as a centre-half, King was also used as a defensive midfielder, especially in the early stages of his career