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"That Was My Decision"- Ledley King On Robbie Keane Helping Him Raise Spurs' Last Trophy

"That Was My Decision"- Ledley King On Robbie Keane Helping Him Raise Spurs' Last Trophy

Despite finishing in the top three of the Premier League in the last two seasons, Spurs are yet to win a trophy since 2008.

Then known as the Carling Cup, Tottenham won a thrilling final by beating Chelsea 2-1 in extra time, thanks largely to monumental performances from their two centre-backs, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate.

For scoring a goal on the day, Woodgate received man of the match honours, but King was typically solid despite playing only four times in the league that season due to injury. Having made himself available for the final, King donned the captain's armband and climbed the Wembley steps to lift the cup, but he did so with Robbie Keane by his side.

As King was a guest on Soccer AM's 'In Off The Bar' recently, he answered a cheeky question as to whether or not Robbie, a fan of the show, was chancing his arm by being up there.

King was having none of it.

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Do you know what? Keano captained the team quite a bit that season, and I just thought it would be right for us both to lift the cup if we were to win it.

That was my decision.

That's a proper captain. The type of leader who would be absolutely mortified by the idea of being taken off in the minute of his shirt number to halt the game for a grand exit, King felt that Keane deserved to be up there for the job he had done in his absence.

And it meant a lot to Robbie. Having vaguely recalled Keane giving an emotional interview on the pitch after winning what would become the only trophy he would win outside of the MLS, we had a look for it.. And it was better than we thought.

As much of a cliche as it became, Keane described winning the cup final at Wembley as a dream he held since he was a kid.

It was also fantastic to see Keano get such a good reception on his return to White Hart Lane at the final Premier League match to be played there vs Manchester United, so it's clear the club has not forgotten his efforts even with the new crop of stars that have emerged.

Mikey Traynor

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