King still hopeful of England chance

Ledley King has revealed that he still harbours hopes of winning back a spot in the England squad, though he remains philosophical regarding his chances.

King, 31, appeared for England at the 2010 World Cup, but left the tournament after injuring a hamstring against the USA, and has not played for the national team since. He has suffered a career plagued by injury, with knee inflammation problems meaning he is only able to train minimally between games.

Speaking to BBC’s Football Focus, King said, “I haven’t given up – it’s at the back of my mind, but it’s getting further and further away.

“I realise, going to the World Cup, how difficult it can be for a person who doesn’t train; going away with England you really need time on the pitch, you need to gel and bond as a group.”

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