Leeds linked Leicester defender Liam Moore discusses England aspirations

Leicester City

The Leicester City centre back slash right back in looking forward to the upcoming European Under-21 Championships.

Leicester's Leeds linked defender Liam Moore has been discussing his excitement at the impending European Under-21 Championships in the Czech Republic, in an interview with the FA website.

Moore is one of a number of players who will be ineligible for Gareth Southgate's side after the tournament, and he said those older participants are desperate to be involved, not to mention impress the staff watching from Roy Hodgson's full England side.

"I think the U21s are so eager to impress and nail down a place so it is very competitive in training," the Leicester man said.

"Each of us know the Championships are just around the corner. We are literally in the last week now to nail down a shirt.

"For a lot of the lads it is the last chance with the U21s. Next up is the seniors and that is a whole different step, so we need to focus now.

"The senior management will be watching this tournament and we also put pressure on ourselves to do well."

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported Leeds' interest in the player earlier this week, with a loan switch to Elland Road mooted as being an option for the England Under-21 star.

The defender has been at Leicester since his youth, coming through the academy at the King Power Stadium in 2011 to make the first-team squad.

However, loan spells have already played an important part in Moore's development, with his first senior football coming at Bradford City, a few months before his first appearance for the Foxes.

The 22-year-old has also taken in a couple of spells at Brentford during his short career, the latest of which came this year when he slipped down Leicester's defensive ranks, after starting the first nine Premier League games.

Leeds boss Uwe Rosler brought Moore to Griffin Park in his original spell in 2013, and with the Whites eager to make significant improvements this summer, it may be that the German goes back to the same player.

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