Tottenham captain King announces retirement

Former England international Ledley King has been forced to retire from football, after a series of injuries limited his playing time at Tottenham Hotspur in recent seasons, reports BBC Sport.

The 31-year-old has long been dogged by a knee injury that has seen him unable to train with Tottenham Hotspur on a daily basis, and has restricted him to just 21 Premier League appearances in the past two seasons.

Making his Spurs debut in 1999, King made more than 300 appearances for his local side and his status at White Hart Lane will see him stay with the club in an ambassadorial role following his retirement.

An England international at Under-21 and senior level, King won 21 caps for the national side. His last cap was at World Cup 2010 against the USA. Speaking to the club’s website, King said: “I have been here since I was a boy; it is a second home for me, I’m pleased that I can continue to work within the club.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy confirmed a testimonial match will be played in King’s honour next summer and told the club website: “It will undoubtedly be a special night at the Lane, the chance for fans and teammates to pay tribute to one of the most gifted players in the history of the club.

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