Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has hailed a touching gesture from Luke Ayling towards his Whites teammate Kalvin Phillips.
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Phillips is currently on England duty, hoping to make his mark in a major tournament by taking his club form with him onto the international stage.
Leeds fans will be desperate for the 25-year-old to impress, but his teammates are no different, especially in Ayling’s case.
The right-back has bought an England shirt with Phillips’ name on it, in what is a lovely gesture that outlines how close the pair are.
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The Latest: Kenny discusses Ayling gesture
Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny spoke glowingly about Ayling, lauding the Leeds hero for his efforts:
“I thought this was great. It shows the togetherness in the dressing room. They are close them two and I’m sure Ayling will be wearing that shirt while the Euros are on.
“It would be funny if you were in a beer garden watching the game and you saw that, wouldn’t it?”
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This perfectly sums up the team spirit that Marcelo Bielsa has created at Elland Road, with players genuinely desperate for their teammates to do well.
That togetherness has played a huge part in Leeds’ success in recent years, with their willingness to fight for each other and run until the final whistle arguably the best in the Premier League.
The fact that Ayling is clearly so happy for Phillips, despite not getting selceted to play at the Euros himself, speaks volumes about him as a person and about the unity in the Leeds squad.
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