Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Ledley King is ready to answer England's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ call and wants a meeting with Fabio Capello to discuss the tournament. King was given an international recall in March, but his chronic knee problem meant he could not play against Slovakia or Ukraine, meaning his last cap was in June 2007.
His good form for Spurs has led figures such as Harry Redknapp to insist that the 28-year-old could make an impact for England, even if he was cover at a major tournament for John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, who themselves have had injury problems over the last season.
"First I have to be fit, second I have to be playing well," King said. "If I am going to do things, then I might want to speak to the England manager to see how I could be useful to the squad.
"If he felt that way, we'd have to take it from there. I just want to stay fit for the season and play well."
King does not train between matches and cannot play games in quick succession. He was at Bulls Cross this week for the start of work at the club's new training complex, although he would be confined to the gym and swimming pool due to his knee problem. His standing at the club was illustrated by him joining manager Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy for the opening, with King insisting he could not play for another club.
I just want to stay fit for the season and play well.
His contract runs out at the end of the season, but King said: "I couldn't [play for another club]. I'd love to stay at Tottenham and see out my career. I don't know what's going to happen, so we'll see. I want to keep playing football as long as I can."
King, despite a whispering campaign over whether he can continue playing, added: "I still think I can play after this season. For me, I still want to play football, so whatever way I look at it, I'll continue to play."
King also responded for the first time following an arrest outside a nightclub at the end of last season. He said: "Obviously it was disappointing what happened. I think a bit of it was taken out of context. It can be difficult as a player. It was one of those unfortunate incidents and I apologised to the club and assured them it won't happen again."