Tottenham skipper King forced to leave behind personal trainer for World Cup

Tottenham defender Ledley King must leave his personal trainer behind when he joins up with the England World Cup squad.

Tottenham defender Ledley King must leave his personal trainer behind when he joins up with the England World Cup squad.

England coach Fabio Capello has no intention of making too many exceptions for the Tottenham captain, so Spurs fitness coach Nathan Gardiner will not be accompanying him to the altitude training camp in Austria.

"We have to speak with the coach who works with him about which kind of work he needs," said Capello.

"But that coach won't come to Austria. Absolutely not. My fitness coach is really good. There are no problems."

In fact, having played four times in 15 days, King reports marginal improvement in his condition, which, given his talent is not in doubt, could be crucial in forcing his way into Capello's final 23, which will be announced on June 1.

"Ledley King is one of the best England defenders," reflected Capello.

"He played four games in the last 15 days and said there were no problems with the knee. This season he has suffered some problems with his muscles but not the knee. He said his knee was getting better."

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