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Tottenham’s Injury-Hit Ledley King Retires From Playing Soccer

Tottenham’s captain and former England defender Ledley King retired from professional soccer and will stay at the north London team in an “ambassadorial” role.

King, 31, has been plagued by knee and groin injuries that have restricted his appearances for club and country. He’s spent his entire career at the Premier League team, making more than 300 appearances, including the 2008 victory over Chelsea in the League Cup final. His 21 international caps for England included appearances at Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup.

“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 website. “Sadly my injuries and inability to train have now finally brought an end to my career.”

Chairman Daniel Levy said King had made a “magnificent contribution” to Spurs.

“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,” Levy said.

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