King & Defoe careers intertwined

Ledley King and Jermain Defoe have seen their paths cross since they were youngsters with Senrab FC in East London.

Ledley King & Jermain Defoe

That continued with England Under 21'a, the England senior squad and Tottenham. Now with Tottenham visiting Toronto they were able to catch up again and recall the early days.

“I was two years older than Jermain, but I was well aware of him even when I was 10 or so and he was eight. I’d come off the pitch after my game and watch a little bit of his game. Sometimes he’d score six, seven, eight goals in a game. You could see he had a big career ahead of him. 
“The funny thing is, he played with another striker who was the same size as him. They were really small guys, but they were deadly at the time.”

King made 323 appearances for Spurs, Defoe made 362. One was a master at stopping goals, one was a master at scoring them. In fact Defoe holds the record for scoring more goal at home (White Hart Lane) for Spurs than any other player and his 142 goals put him fifth on Spurs all time scoring charts.

Amazingly after scoring 11 goals in 14 games he already sits fifth on his new clubs MLS all time scoring charts, mind you Toronto FC has only been in the MLS since 2007. Those above him have 27, 17, 16 and 14 so he will no doubt be overtaking them soon.

In all games the all time leading goalscorer has 32, then two on 21, 19 and two more on 14 before Defoe. Most goals in a season 17, most goals in a league season 15. All records Jermain Defoe can expect to break.

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He scored on his debut for Tottenham, West Ham, Portsmouth, England and Toronto which King acknowledges helps him win over supporters.

“He gets off to a great start with fans. Throughout the years, he’s given his all. It’s not always been easy for him. Sometimes he’s had to wait on the bench and wait for his chance. But he’s always scored goals when given the opportunity. 
“And on a personal level, he’s always someone that comes in every day to train, work hard and give his all.”

Ledley King still has to manages his knee problem but having stopped playing it doesn't cause all the problems it did and now he relishes being involved as an Ambassador together with doing all the community work with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. It takes him all over the world and he has a busy schedule of events on this pre-season tour.

“On a day-to-day basis, I feel pretty good. I just try to keep the muscles strong around the knee, every now and then in the gym. A couple of times a week or so, and try not to overdo it. 
“We have an amazing number of fans around North America. For me, it’s great to be able to come out and speak to them.”

Ledley has commitments to a local soccer club, Special Olympics athletes and the Official Supporters Club after a bust series of events in Seattle.

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