Updated: 19/07/2012 14:25 | By pa.press.net

Tottenham's King retires

Ledley King was a one-club player throughout his career

Ledley King was a one-club player throughout his career

Tottenham defender Ledley King has announced his retirement but will stay on at Spurs as a club ambassador.

King, who has captained the side since 2005, has suffered from chronic knee problems in recent years, limiting his game and training time. The 31-year-old admitted the decision to quit was tough, and after spending his entire career at the club, he could not consider playing elsewhere.

"I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club and to the fans. I have missed a lot of football over the years, but the Spurs fans have always been patient and incredibly supportive with me during difficult periods," King told the club's official website.

"Sadly my injuries and inability to train have now finally brought an end to my career. I have been here since I was a boy, I have always considered it my club and have always found it hard to imagine wearing the shirt of another team.

"I know that being a one-club man is a rarity these days, but I have always enjoyed being part of the set-up here and the challenge of putting this club up with the elite where it should be."

King came through the youth ranks at Spurs before stepping up to the first team in 1998. The London-born centre back went on to make more than 250 appearances for the White Hart Lane club, the high point coming when he lifted the Carling Cup in 2008 with victory over Chelsea.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy hailed King's impact at the club and said he would continue to represent them in a new capacity. Levy said: "Ledley has made a magnificent contribution to this club - as a wonderful player, captain and ambassador.

"It has been well documented how he has battled against injury over the years and it is testament to the character of the man how he managed to sustain such high standards of performance on the pitch, while providing such fine leadership.

"It is in an ambassadorial capacity that Ledley will continue, playing a crucial role in supporting the club's work in the community and the ongoing regeneration of the Tottenham area, whilst also being a hugely positive role model for our younger players."

Alongside his Spurs career King also won 21 international caps for England, making his debut against Italy in 2002 and appearing at Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup.

19/07/2012 12:30
As a Chelsea supporter I would like to say well done Ledley, enjoy your retirement, great ambassador for the. game. One club man, brilliant, not many around these days
19/07/2012 12:13

He will be a good lad to have behind the scenes.The youngsters will learn so much from him as he was easily one of the best english defenders in the last decade.Pity his knees were so bad.


All the best Ledley.


From a neutral fan of english football.

19/07/2012 11:49

Sad day for Spurs and for football in general but certainly the right decision was made. A medical marvel and all round amazing guy and pro. You will be sorely missed Ledders.


P.S - get on the training pitch and start training Caulker

19/07/2012 11:42

Its such a shame that Ledley was plagued with those knee injurys.. He was a top centre half when he was fit... Good luck to the big man.. Tony Mc, Liverpool fan.

19/07/2012 11:41
Quality Defender when fit . Enjoy your retirement Ledley
One of the finest defenders to ever grace a football field, and one of the finest men. So sad that his  talent  was let down by his injuries. Hope he'll have  a happy future as a club ambassador; he's one of those who'll truly  justify the role.
19/07/2012 11:51
One of the best central defenders ever seen at WHL, pity the injury as shortened his career for both club and country, glad to see he is staying with Spurs, he will remain being a great asset to the club

A very strong man indeed ! Total respect for you Ledley , but you have made a wise decision, albeit a little late if the truth was known .

I sincerely hope that not too many problems arise as you get older, good baller :)

Cheers !

19/07/2012 20:19
could have easily been one of the best defenders in the world if not for his knee injury and thats coming from an arsenal fan
19/07/2012 12:07
one of the best centre halfs ive ever seen, a loss to the game
19/07/2012 12:28
Good luck in the future Ledley King, 
19/07/2012 12:09
Sensible decision Ledley, u don't want to end up a cripple by pushing the boundaries of your health m8. So now a new challenge.....I'm sure we will see your face around WHL for many years to come....all the best Ledders.
19/07/2012 12:08

John Bannister.


Good Defender for Tottenham who gave 100% for his club. Atthe age of 31 it is a shame that the knees have gone. Good luck in your retirement.

19/07/2012 12:17
Good luck to him, is a shame if he's knee never played up would have been one of the best CB in the world.
19/07/2012 12:28
My heart warms to read such positivity on this forum today. 
19/07/2012 19:10
Loyalty is so rare nowadays, and Ledley had bags of it. Most of us would agree that he missed many games through injury, but most would also agree that it was with much anticipation that we welcomed him back onto the pitch. True gent, top bloke and we'll struggle to find anyone else like him. Nice one, Ledley.
from an arsenal fan he was great player, just ask henry! legend to spurs fans. shame he couldnt play more for england.. only good comment i'll make about spurs this season!
19/07/2012 19:49
I have no affection for Spurs and their support for 'our 'Arry' but LK is a gentleman of the game and he encapulates everything that is still good about the game; guts, perseverance and integrity.
19/07/2012 13:01
As an Arsenal and Scotland fan, I just want to say this:

Good luck with the future, a real shame that the knee injuries never allowed you to be as great as you could have been for both Spurs and England.
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