Stuart Dallas being Leeds-born is a running joke among Leeds United fans and now the club has got involved in the banter.

Leeds posted a photo of Dallas training with Northern Ireland on international duty, to which the country’s Twitter account responded, “Defo born in NI”.

Whoever is the admin of the Whites’ account could not resist a bite back and replied “not what we heard” – referencing the seemingly endless list of pundits who suggest Dallas was born and bred in Leeds.

Northern Ireland then called on the Cookstown Cafu himself to clear things up to conclude the humourous and unexpected exchange.

Dallas recently joined in with the gag too.

Kalvin Phillips shared his excitement at joining up with England on Instagram, to which Dallas responded: “Looking forward to it. See you there mate.”

‘Leeds-born Dallas’

It is quite funny that this gag has continued for as long as it has but at least the players and staff are getting joy from it.

It is interesting to imagine how things might be different if Dallas was actually English.

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For one, we feel he would gain a lot more respect from pundits as he has been underappreciated despite being brilliant this season.

Also, he could even have a chance of making the England squad as Gareth Southgate is clearly a fan of our players.

Phillips is becoming a permanent fixture in the squad while Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford have also been considered.

Dallas has the added advantage of being an actual versatility player – he has underlined that with his performances in midfield and at left-back this term.

England lack a player like him in the squad currently so there is a chance he would be considered a useful option by Southgate

All we care about is how good he is for Leeds, and over the last few years he has been faultless.

In other Leeds United news, one Whites player has been very honest about his form and his eagerness to prove himself.

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