Kalvin Phillips hails Conor Gallagher action during Leeds United victory against Crystal Palace
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Gallagher could have been stepping out for the Whites this season as Leeds tried to sign the midfielder on loan from Chelsea during the summer but the 21-year-old instead opted for a season-long switch to Palace.
Gallagher has since become an England international and lined up against United's Three Lions star Phillips in Tuesday night's Premier League contest in West Yorkshire.
The two were locked in battle in the middle of the park and Phillips clattered into Gallagher with a strong but perfectly timed tackle in just the sixth minute.
But despite looking a little perplexed, Gallagher quickly got back to his feet and Phillips has hailed his midfield opponent's reaction on social media.
Phillips showed a clip of the challenge on his Instagram story and tagged in Gallagher, adding the message "shook it off like a champ" together with emojis of clapping hands, a laughing face and a flex bicep.
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Thank you Laura Collins