Terry has a team picture of that under-13 side on his Blackberry and the Chelsea man who recalls King as a man mountain of a teenager who literally called all the real shots.
He said: "Ledley was massive then - just look at him!" said Terry, proudly showing the picture of them in their red and black striped shirts, with King head and shoulders above the rest at the back while he was a foot or so shorter.
"I was scared of him. He was a lot bigger than a lot of the boys and he just used to scare the life out of everyone by just looking at them.
"He's said I was a bit outrageous then and maybe I was a little bit in training. But I think he was as well. He was similar to me in that he gave everything.
"We all used to get told off and sent around the running pitch in training and away we went and we would be talking.
"It is a long journey from those school days playing football together to the 2010 World Cup."