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Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas reflects on his incredible 12 months

The winger has become a regular for the Northern Ireland national team.

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has certainly had a momentous rise in the game.

The 24-year-old came through the ranks in Northern Irish football before securing a move from Crusaders to Brentford.

Last summer he joined his former Bees’ boss Uwe Rosler at Leeds United as his career continues to go in one direction.

Not only is he performing at club level but with Northern Ireland as well.

Dallas made his debut for Northern Ireland in May 2011 against Wales and then had to wait until 2015 to play again.

In the past year he has made 11 appearances for his country and he revealed to the Belfast Newsletter this week a conversation he had with good friend Kyle Lafferty, long time linked with Leeds, in which he reflected on his past 12 months:

“I was talking to Kyle (Lafferty) before the Slovenia game and I was saying I had only one cap until this time last year – and I have 12 now.

“I’m loving every single second of it and I just want to push on and hopefully get many more.

“We’ve got a good squad here and there’s good depth in it. You see that even in the lads who weren’t in the squad.

“For me personally, to play in every game during the 10-game unbeaten run is really special.

“It’s not about any of us on a personal level though, it’s about the team and we’ve got there and long may it continue.”

Dallas, who has played 40 games this season for Leeds United, will now be looking forward to a shock appearance for Northern Ireland at the European Championships in which they face Germany, Ukraine and Poland.

Leeds fans will be hoping to see their wide man excel in France this summer.

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