Leeds United's Stuart Dallas opens up on unlikely shirt swap with Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland

Stuart Dallas made headlines last year after a meeting with Erling Haaland at international level.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 11:58 am

Leeds United's Stuart Dallas has lifted the lid on his shirt exchange with Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

The Whites utility man came to blows with one of the biggest rising stars in world football last September in the Nations League at international level.

Northern Ireland fell to a 5-1 defeat to Norway at Windsor Park but post-match Dallas was unexpectedly asked for his shirt from what he believed was an unlikely source.

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Haaland, who was born in Leeds and is son of former Elland Road player Alf-Inge, has previously confessed to having a soft spot for the West Yorkshire club following his father's time in LS11 in the late nineties.

Dallas - who is enjoying his first season of Premier League football - has now opened up over the exchange with one of football's brightest prospects.

"He had played like the superstar he is and ripped us apart.," Dallas told the Super 6 podcast.

"After the game I went to shake hands with him and he just like said to me 'can I swap shirts?'

Leeds United's Stuart Dallas swaps shirts with Erling Haaland. Pic: Getty

"I sort of, I think if you watch the clip, just smile and kind of walk on. Then he's like shouted at me and I've come back. And he was like 'yeah, we'll do it now'.

"He's just swapped shirts and then whispered into my ear, like just come close to me and was like 'Marching On Together'. He's like, 'I follow Leeds' and that was it really.

"Looking back now I've been smiling and laughing on camera when we've just been hammered 5-1, it probably wasn't the smartest of things.

"I'll look back on it will in years to come and he'll be banging in goals and the best player in the world. For me to have his shirt is great. It's something that I'll be able to tell my kids when I'm older that he asked me for mine."