Gary Pallister insists Ledley King should be going with England to South Africa in 2010.
Pallister told the Evening Standard: "John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are obviously first choice, but Ledley would have been pushing them for a place the last two years if not for his injuries.
"He is a player who could provide great cover to those two. He is also versatile, he can also play the holding role in midfield, and you want players like that in a squad at a World Cup.
"If either John or Rio were injured or suspended for one game at a tournament, he certainly could come in and do a job."