King may be Tottenham captain, but Keane is a born leader

Last updated at 10:44 06 March 2008

Ledley King may still be captain at Spurs, but with the England defender's long absences from the team through injury, Robbie Keane has developed

into an increasingly influential

voice in the dressing room in his

role as vice-captain.

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king and keane and carling cup

Two hands on the trophy: Robbie Keane (right) lifts the Carling Cup along with captain Ledley King

He stood by King to give a rousing

speech at the club's official

reception hours after the Carling Cup victory

at Wembley, and fans will know he

is never short of encouragement

for his team-mates on the pitch.

While Keane would never dispute

that King is the captain, he

believes his personality thrives in

the position of responsibility.

keane and ramos

Raise it high: Keane lifts the Carling Cup, as manager Ramos looks on

He added: “It's good people are

talking about me as a leader, but

it's just the way I am. It's not

something that I do for the sake of

it, it's in my character to do that.

“I am strong-minded and I think

I get it from where I have come

from in Dublin. I come from a

humble background and a place

where I had to look after myself

as a kid. I just like to do my role as

vice-captain and do the best for

my club. I am one of the lads deep

down and I just want this team to

do well. I will do whatever it takes.

“After the Carling Cup Final I

did a speech at the official reception.

Something needed to be said,

but more importantly it was a

case of reminding everyone that

we have to go on and win more

things now, like the UEFA Cup.”

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