Les Ferdinand has backed Ledley King to be able to play a midfield role in Gareth Barry’s absence for England.
Ferdinand believes that the Spurs captain is the perfect replacement for the holding midfield role, should Barry not be fit in time for the World Cup.
“I think if Ledley King was playing week in week out he would be a starter for England,” Ferdinand said.
“We have always been crying out for a ball-playing centre half and that’s what Ledley is. As well as being that, I think what he does offer Capello is the opportunity to play him in front of the back four if needs be.
“If Barry doesn’t make it then Ledley can play in that role, without a shadow of a doubt.
“I think Frank Lampard once said after playing with Ledley in midfield that he was the best player he had played alongside in that role apart from Claude Makelele so that speaks volumes about how good he is in that position.”
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