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King refuses to contemplate World Cup KO

England defender Ledley King refuses to believe his World Cup dream is over even though he will not play again this season for Tottenham.

The Tottenham captain suffered a stress fracture to the fourth metatarsal on his left foot in the dying moments of their crucial 1-0 win over Everton on Easter Saturday and is expected to be out of action for a month.

The centre-half will miss out on Tottenham's fight to clinch fourth spot in the Barclays Premiership but he has not given up on making Sven-Goran Eriksson's England squad for the World Cup finals this summer.

'It is an exciting time for the club and one that I was looking forward to,' admitted King. 'It is what you want to be involved in coming up to the end of the season, big games against Manchester United, Arsenal, Bolton and West Ham - games we need points from.

'I have been asked in the past months about the World Cup and how devastating it would be to get injured, but I wasn't thinking about anything like that. You play football and each time you go out there and play your game, you can't think about picking up knocks.

'It is just bad luck that I've got injured at this point. I am strong, I have had injuries and setbacks in the past. I am disappointed, but I will stay strong and positive in order to get back as soon as possible.

'There is obviously the World Cup so it is not the end of the season for me when the Premier League stops. It is something for me to aim for.

'It is good there is a little bit of time between the season finishing and the World Cup to give players a chance - and I fall into that bracket.'

Meanwhile Martin Jol has pinpointed the moment he knew his side had a real chance of having a successful season - their pre-season Peace Cup victory in Korea.

Spurs won just over £1million for beating French champions Lyon 3-1 in the final in Seoul offering Jol hope his side could earn themselves a place in Europe. Fourth-placed Spurs go to neighbours Arsenal on Saturday with a four-point gap on their rivals who have a game in hand.

Jol said: 'We had confidence at the start of the season when we went to Korea and beat Lyon and then something started.

'We thought maybe we are getting there. There was unbelievable prize money and Lyon wanted to get that prize so they played with a full team. We played our best team and we won the cup. We looked a really good side and better than last year.'