Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has played down his rift with the Football Association over Ledley King's call up to the England squad, saying he would be happy for the defender to play at the 2010 World Cup.

Redknapp was reportedly upset that King was called up ahead of matches against Slovakia and Ukraine, with the Spurs club captain managing a chronic knee injury that has blighted his career but would welcome any future call-ups to the national squad..

"Ledley King should play for England and should be at the World Cup," Redknapp stated in his column for The Sun newspaper.

"It wasn't me who sent him home on the first day of training when the squad met on Tuesday.

"That decision was taken by the England medical staff, after taking one look at his knee and finally realising the full situation.

"I'm relieved they have seen sense and accepted what the doctors, medics and myself here at Tottenham have been saying all along."

He added: "I would love to see him play for England. I would love to see him playing for England at the World Cup finals.

"No one deserves it more than him and no one would like to see it more than me.

King has learned to manage his injury and has almost doubled his Barclays Premier League appearances this season compared to the last campaign.

"This season we hope to get more than 30 games out of him. Last season he played four. So I guess we must be doing something right at Tottenham."

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