When discussing King, it is so difficult to avoid pondering the player he could have been and the career he could have had - certainly at international level with England - if he hadn't been sadly troubled by devastating and debilitating injury problems that eventually forced him to retire in July 2012.
Regardless of the fact he was never quite able to reach the limits of his considerable potential, King's commitment to Tottenham and determination to battle through fitness problems to keep captaining the club earn him a place on this countdown.
As we said, we are looking for you to put these eight great inspirational captains into an order... so let us know below...
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