Ledley King believes he is more than ready for the World Cup.
Ledley King has declared himself fit and ready to replace the injured Rio Ferdinand at the heart of England's defence, if selected by Manager Fabio Capello.
The Tottenham defender admits he is hugely disappointed for his team-mate, who has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, but he is confident his own knee problems can be easily managed in South Africa.
King is famously unable to train every day and is strictly managed between games by his club, but is confident he can last through the tournament if called upon after proving his condition during Spurs' end of season run-in.
"The medical team we have here and the facilities are second to none, so I believe with the right help and support I can cope," he said. "I have shown this season I can play games in quick succession so I believe I will be fit and ready if selected.
"I was very disappointed for Rio but I am ready if needed. As a professional you always prepare to play.
"You never know what is aaround the corner and I have been in the game long enough to know that at any moment an injury could occur and you could be called upon. It happened in 2004 with me and it has happened with Rio this time."
King is confident he can forge a partnership at the heart of the defence with John Terry if asked and added: "I have known John a long time. He is a great communicator on the pitch and that is the key."You can watch highlights of Ledley's press conference on FATV by clicking on the video link to the right.