Fans welcome the new player transfer for Chania F.C., Leroy Lita
Fans of Chania F.C. welcome the new football player of their team, Leroy Lita, at “Daskalogiannis” airport.
Leroy Halirou Bohari Lita (born 28 December 1984) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Barnsley. Lita was a product of the Chelsea youth system.
He failed to play for Chelsea, and moved to Bristol City and Reading, where his form helped him earn a place with the England under-21 side.
He has also played on loan with Charlton Athletic, Norwich City, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion and Notts County.
Lita turned down the chance to play for DR Congo in favour of pursuing an international career with England, despite having previously stated he wished to represent the country of his birth.
He scored on his debut for England U21 with a goal against the Netherlands U21 in a 2–1 loss on 8 February 2005, coming on as a second-half substitute.
He had to wait over a year to make his second appearance, again as a substitute, in a 3–1 win over Norway on 28 February 2006.
Following excellent goal-scoring form in the Premier League, Lita was awarded with a further cap as a substitute in the 2–2 draw with Spain on 6 February 2007, scoring his second goal in three international appearances.
Despite being 22, Lita was eligible to compete in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, and was called up to the squad.
In the first group game against the Czech Republic, England were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute which Lita subsequently dragged wide condemning England to a scoreless draw.
However he then scored for England in each of their next three games; a 2–2 draw against Italy, a 2–0 win over Serbia, and a 1–1 (13–12) penalty shoot-out loss to the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
After the tournament he was named in the UEFA Dream Team for the tournament.