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Defoe backs Spurs pal King for England call

Jermain Defoe has backed Tottenham teammate Ledley King to re-establish himself in the England setup.

"You want your best players in a major tournament and Ledley is certainly one of those," said Defoe.

"He still has the desire to play for England. If he got a call I know he would be delighted.

"When he is out on the pitch, his presence alone makes a huge difference."

It is difficult to imagine a perfectionist like Fabio Capello placing his faith in King when the defender could not practise any set pieces or defensive drills as he continues his solo work in the gym and swimming pool.

"I don't know how he does it," said Defoe.

"Everyone at Spurs understands Ledley cannot train because his knees will swell up. Harry Redknapp is used to it now and can understand how he uses the physios every day.

"Ledley is a quiet lad but he loves his football and sometimes you look at him and know he is so frustrated.

"He wants to train but he just can't do it.

"It must make him look forward to the game on a weekend even more though, because to perform the way he does is unbelievable."

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