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Fabio Capello intends to let Tottenham know if he plans to send Ledley King to an England training session this week.

Capello's squad will go through their paces for the first time on Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday's friendly with Slovakia, but no one is expecting King to be there as the Tottenham defender has already admitted his right knee is so fragile he cannot risk it during the week.

Under such circumstances, it is a major shock Capello has picked the 28-year-old, who last played for his country in 2007 - but an FA spokesman said: "The England management have spoken to Tottenham Hotspur FC and explained that they will take no risks at all with Ledley King."

Capello had been impressed enough by King's recent performances at club level to deem the player worthy of further analysis, although it has been made clear Spurs will be kept informed every step of the way.

The spokesman continued: "They (the England management) fully understand the player's injury situation but they wanted to have a close look at him in the team environment as Ledley has not previously been part of a Fabio Capello squad.

"He will be monitored during the week by the England and Tottenham Hotspur medical staff before any decision on training or playing is made."

With no further medical update coming out of the England camp following their arrival in Watford on Monday night, Capello should have a decent turn-out at Arsenal's London Colney training complex.

Everton's Leighton Baines will get his first experience of training with the seniors, while Ben Foster and Aaron Lennon return after lengthy absences.

Capello has already pledged to use his maximum six substitutes against Slovakia, the warm-up for a crucial World Cup qualifier with Ukraine on April 1 when the England coach is convinced the Three Lions supporters will dismiss any lingering reservations and get fully behind their team.

"When you play with a very important team like England you have to live with pressure," said Capello. "The Ukraine game is very important to us. I think the fans will help us this time."

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