Tottenham captain King likened to England legend Moore

Tottenham captain Ledley King has been likened to England World Cup winner Bobby Moore. Pat Holland, who played with Moore at West Ham United, coached King as a junior while with Tottenham.

Tottenham captain Ledley King has been likened to England World Cup winner Bobby Moore.

Pat Holland, who played with Moore at West Ham United, coached King as a junior while with Tottenham.

Holland realised there was something about King in a youth game against Nottingham Forest.

"The ball came towards him at head height and Ledley just dropped a yard and brought it down on his chest," recalled Holland to the Daily Mail. "I was stood on the touchline with the academy director, who said he should've headed it, but I thought, 'No, that's Bobby Moore'. Just like Bobby, Ledley had instinct.

Holland had played with Moore at West Ham and had just returned to Spurs for his second spell as a coach. This time he would be responsible for the youth teams, along with Jimmy Neighbour, and they had inherited a decent side.

"We had this big lad at the back, a skinny lad up front and a right back who would run up and down the wing all day long," says Holland.

The trio of starlets were King, Peter Crouch and Luke Young, who would all go on to play for England.

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