Tottenham defender King used Campbell as role model

Tottenham centre-back Ledley King has said that former team-mate Sol Campbell has been the main influence in his professional career.

Tottenham centre-back Ledley King has said that former team-mate Sol Campbell has been the main influence in his professional career.

"Obviously Sol Campbell was in my position, an East End kid like me," King told Premierleague.com. "It made me think I could achieve that as well.

"I think the thing I learned from Campbell was that he came through a similar path as I did. So that gave me the belief that I could do the same."

The defender also revealed that there were a number of other talented individuals at White Hart Lane who left their mark.

"There were some great talents," he said. "I remember watching Jurgen Klinsmann when I was a youth team player, watching him train.

"David Ginola was there when I came through - all these guys were top, top players.

"When I finally broke through, playing and training with players like Ginola, (Les) Ferdinand and (Tim) Sherwood, players I've watched over the years, they inspired me.

"You pick up things just from watching. I took things from different players. It's what you are willing to take in."