Tottenham Hotspur's Ledley King hopes to make England return

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King still harbours England hopes

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King says he has not given up hope of returning to the England squad.

Centre-back King, whose recent career has been blighted with a chronic knee problem, has not featured for the national side since the 2010 World Cup.

The 31-year-old struggles to play more than one game a week because of the injury that also limits his training.

"I haven't given up [on England]. It's in the back of my mind but it's getting further and further away," said King.

Despite making 254 appearances for Spurs during a 13-year stay at White Hart Lane, injuries have limited King's appearances in recent seasons.

He made nine appearances for Harry Redknapp's side last season, and has only featured in seven games this term.

King played only 45 minutes for England in their opening World Cup match against the United States in June 2010 before picking up a groin injury which kept him out of the rest of the tournament.

However, he remains confident that there is a chance of winning his place back in Fabio Capello's thoughts in time for Euro 2012.

"I realise, going to the World Cup, how difficult it can be for a person in my position who doesn't train," said King.

"Going away with England you really need time on the pitch, you need to gel and bond as a group.

"It's difficult for me to do that and, to be fair to the manager, (General Manager) Franco Baldini and the other staff were great to let me do what I've been doing at Tottenham.

"But it's a lot easier here where I know everyone and everyone understands. It's a difficult situation."

Watch the full interview with Ledley King on Football Focus this Saturday at 1200 GMT on BBC One ahead of the live Championship game between Burnley and Leeds, which kicks off at 1245.

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