England vs USA – King ready to reign as England seek shut out

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The spotlight will be on Ledley King tonight, as the Tottenham captain looks set to partner John Terry in central defence for England when they face the USA at 7.30pm.

King, whose fitness has been scrutinised since securing a place in the England squad, is expected to deputise for injured captain Rio Ferdinand.

King and Terry have played together before, at east London youth club Senrab. Should the two re-establish the understanding they shared as boys, an England clean sheet could be worth backing at 4/5.

England’s defensive line-up is not entirely certain, however, as the race for the England number 1 jersey rumbles on.

Fabio Capello hinted that he would start with David James when he defended the Portsmouth goalkeeper’s age, by reminding the world that a 40-year-old Dino Zoff kept goal for Italy when they won the 1982 World Cup.

Reports from the England camp also suggest that West Ham’s Robert Green is in contention having impressed in training.

Joe Hart, meanwhile, had the better Premier League season of the three, as he conceded just 42 goals in his 36 Birmingham appearances, keeping 10 clean sheets in the process.

But Hart’s chances seemed to nosedive somewhat during England’s friendly win against the Platinum Stars, when Capello berated the 23-year-old for his distribution.

The solid partnership of Terry and King, however, should assure Capello that England are capable of limiting the USA to fewer than 0.5 goals at 4/5.

Can the USA break England’s resistance? They are 9/2 to score over 1.5 goals. See the full England vs USA market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.