Tottenham Hotspur News: Ledley King Will Reportedly Retire from Football

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IJuly 19, 2012

Ledley King
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Ledley King, the captain and defender of Tottenham Hotspur, has reportedly announced his retirement from football. A series of knee injuries in recent years led to the tough decision.

In an article published by ESPN, King announced that he is not interested in another club, but rather wants to stay on with Spurs as an ambassador. 

King thanked Spurs for his support while he was a player. Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy praised King's efforts during his time with the club.

The time has come to reflect on his career and future.


Career and Humanitarian Work

King has been with Spurs since he was a youth. He signed in 1998 and brought glory to the club.

According to Spurs' website, King started 21 of 38 Premier League matches last season. The defensive midfielder kept 14 clean sheets.

King was instrumental in Spurs' victory over Chelsea in the 2008 Carling Cup and in their 2009-2010 UEFA Champions League season.

He represented England during the Euro 2004 tournament and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Away from football, King was involved in a charity project in South Africa, helping orphans who suffered from poverty and AIDS.



Ledley King deserves to be remembered for his positive contributions on and off the pitch.

At a time when players frequently change clubs, King deserves praise for his loyalty to Spurs.

At a time when athletes avoid taking responsibility for their actions, King apologized to then-manager Harry Redknapp for an incident involving excessive alcohol in a London nightclub. 

It is great that King will promote Spurs in his new role as an ambassador, and he is sure to continue to be a great role model.

I would like to convey my best wishes for Ledley King in his future endeavors with Spurs.