Ledley King is in contention to make a dramatic return to the England side for Sunday's FIFA World Cup™ clash with Germany. The odds must still be heavily against the Tottenham man making it considering the FA claimed he did not do any contact work Thursday.
However, coach Fabio Capello has on Friday afternoon confirmed that all 23 members of his squad trained that morning and are in contention for the match in Bloemfontein. "All the players trained. Everyone is fit to play," he told Match of the Day. "It is a good feeling because if they trained they are fit to play."
King was Capello's first choice to partner John Terry in central defence but injured his groin in the first minutes of the opening game against the United States a fortnight ago. It was anticipated the 29-year-old would be out of action for at least three weeks and although there have been some encouraging noises about his fitness, the latest bulletin is unexpected.
However, considering the time he has been out, it would still seem more likely that either Matthew Upson will keep his place or Jamie Carragher will return from suspension. With Aaron Lennon, Michael Carrick and, most importantly, Wayne Rooney all shaking off ankle knocks, it will leave Capello to choose from strength, knowing he has plenty of options should he need them against England's old rivals.
"I have more options, so I have to choose," he said. "Also it is possible to change some things during the game. When you can choose 23 players it is better for me."