England boss Fabio Capello (right) wanted to see King's injury for himself
England boss Fabio Capello insists he had every right to pick Tottenham defender Ledley King in his initial squad to face Slovakia and Ukraine.
King has chronic knee problems which limit his appearances and his call-up angered Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.
But Capello, who later allowed King to leave the England camp, said: "I should be able to check all my players.
"Ledley was not injured last week. It was important for me to speak to him and hear what my medical people say."
Capello believes Redknapp's criticism was unjust, especially given that King's Tottenham's team-mate Alan Hutton has been called up by Scotland manager George Burley having only just returned to the reserve team following four months out with a foot injury.
"Harry Redknapp has spoken about the England team, but Alan Hutton is in the Scotland squad after being out for a number of months. But that has not been mentioned," added Capello.
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