Michael Dawson has insisted that Ledley King won’t let anyone down if he is to start in defence for England.
Dawson pinpointed King’s ability to play in Tottenham’s last few games of the season as an indication that he can cope with the World Cup schedule.
“Without a shadow of doubt Ledley won’t let anyone down,” Dawson said.
“The last couple of months with Tottenham he played three games in seven days, so he can do that – and when he’s fit, he is world class.
“Playing alongside Ledley, he certainly brings a calmness to the whole team. You look at him and he never seems to get flustered.
“He’s not someone who will rant and rave. He’s actually quite quiet. But when he does talk everyone listens – and he leads by example and his performances show that.
“Everyone wishes him all the best. He’s worked hard, he’s been injured for quite some time with his knee but he has remained mentally strong.
“Whenever he plays he’s fantastic, he deserves to go to the World Cup.”
Dawson, whose World Cup hopes were in tatters just a few days ago, described the turnaround in his fortunes as “madness”.
He added to Daily Star Sunday: “They say a week’s a long time in football and that’s certainly been true for me.
“I was obviously gutted when I got the call on Tuesday to say that I would not be a part of the 23 but here I am now in South Africa. It’s madness.
“I was on my way to pick my wife up from work at lunchtime because we had plans to spend the weekend in London when I got the call from Michelle Farrer at the FA.
“It’s like fate has been on my side because I quite easily could have been on a beach somewhere. I’m sure some of the other lads who missed out will be on holiday now.
“But it happened that I hadn’t booked anything. I’m so glad I didn’t.”
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