Ledley King backs Tottenham Hotspur pair to come back stronger after World Cup disappointment

Townsend suffered an injury problem late in the season that kept him out of Roy Hodgson's World Cup plans

A pelvic injury to Walker also meant he was unavailable for selection

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Former Spurs captain Ledley King believes Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend are young enough to get over the disappointment of missing out on this summer’s World Cup.

A pelvic injury to Walker and an ankle problem for Townsend meant neither were eligible for selection by Roy Hodgson, who named his squad on Monday.

It is the first time in 60 years that no Spurs player has been named in an England World Cup squad.

Tottenham legend King says he has spoken to Walker and Townsend about their injury blows, and he is backing the pair to come back stronger next season.

He said: “Injuries are disappointing, but they are young boys and they need to make sure they get their injuries right and come back stronger next season.

“If they do this then they are going to play in the European Championships or the World Cup one day.

“Time is on their side, so they can get themselve’s right again. It is important they take their time over the summer. 

“I spoke to them in the last week or so and they are very disappointed. But they are young enough and I don’t think this will be their last opportunity.

“With their ability, they will be good enough for the next one.”

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