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Newcastle legend Shearer backing Tottenham defensive pair to make England World Cup squad

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes England should take two Tottenham defenders with them to South Africa.

Geordie legend Shearer, who will be working as a BBC pundit during the tournament, wants Fabio Capello to put Ledley King on the plane.

The Tottenham centre-back has been thwarted by continuing knee problems but, with the fitness of several defenders in question, the England boss has continued to monitor the 29-year-old closely.

"I am a big fan of Ledley King," said Shearer. "On his day, I don't think there are many better.

"But he can only play once a week. By his own admission, he can't play two games in four, five days. That might have to happen with England.

"But if Capello is true to his word, and he picks players that are in form, then Michael Dawson for the last two or three months has been magnificent.

"Bearing in mind that at the beginning of the season, he probably wouldn't have been in the team if Jonathan Woodgate and King were playing week-in, week-out.

"So he deserves tremendous credit for that.

"But I am a fan of Ledley King."

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