Redknapp lauds retiring King

Former boss feels defender was one of the best

Ledley King: Was one of the world's best defenders on his day, according to his old boss Harry Redknapp

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes retiring Spurs skipper Ledley King was one of the best defenders in the world on his day.

King announced his retirement from the game on Thursday, finally succumbing to chronic knee injuries that blighted his career.

The 31-year-old made more than 300 appearances for Spurs over 13 years but injury restricted him to just 21 Premier League appearances in the past two seasons and he rarely trained between matches.

Redknapp managed King between 2008 and 2012 and has backed the club's decision to offer him an ambassadorial role.

He also feels that fitness issues aside, King was comparable with some of the greatest defenders in the game.

"When he was at his best he was definitely one of the best centre halves in the world, no doubt about that," Redknapp told Sky Sports.

Struggling

"At the end of the season he was struggling, we were struggling at centre half, we had injuries, and maybe he played one or two games too many.

"It was difficult for him at the end and he wasn't the player we had at the start of the season even.

"It is only right he decided to retire now otherwise he would have ended up crippled and we don't want to see that."

Redknapp added: "There has to be a role at Tottenham for someone like Ledley I think, he is a great ambassador for the club.

"He is a great role model for the young players, a fantastic footballer and a top class boy so hopefully there is a future for him in football."