Lita proves perfect 'super-sub' stand-in

Leroy Lita proved to be the ideal replacement for Darren Bent at England Under-21 level by taking over his role as "super-sub".

Leroy Lita proved to be the ideal replacement for Darren Bent at England Under-21 level by taking over his role as "super-sub".

The Bristol City striker was brought into the squad as a late replacement for Bent, who picked up a calf injury while playing for Ipswich at the weekend. Bent has come off the bench to score five goals for Peter Taylor's side this season, and Lita opened his account on Tuesday night after being brought on in England's friendly against the Netherlands at Pride Park.

Unfortunately Lita's effort was only a late consolation after the visitors dominated most of the game, but the 20-year-old took great pride in scoring with a diving header on his debut. "The signs I got were positive," Lita said. "The manager said he would like to get me on. Training went well and I was confident I would get the chance. It would be nice to be involved again, the experience over the last two days is indescribable and the feeling of scoring is unbelievable.

"It would have been nice to win as well, but I was delighted with the goal. Fortunately it fell to me and I put it away, if you head it down you have a chance. It was a great ball too.

"I've been fortunate to be given a chance, the gaffer Peter Taylor thinks I'm good enough and I thought I did all right."

Lita will come back down to earth tomorrow as Bristol City take on Walsall at Ashton Gate. "I've given them something to think about. I'll go back to my club now and perform for them," he added. "It's a big game because we're five points behind the top six and we need to start catching them up."

Taylor, who was encouraged by his side's second-half performance, sees the similarity between Bent and Lita, with both tipped for a future in the top flight. "I've seen him twice this season and when I lost Darren Bent I needed the same type of player," Taylor said.

"I was shocked. I was at home watching Dream Team," Lita said of the moment Taylor informed him of his call-up. "The gaffer tried to get hold of me but couldn't, so he had to go through one of my friends. I couldn't believe it. Within 45 minutes I was out of the house and on my way to joining up with the rest of the squad.

"I always follow my dreams and hope that they come true. I enjoyed every minute of it."

Lita could be called back for the Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Germany and Azerbaijan next month, with England needing to bounce back from this defeat to stay top of their group.

Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Arts and Entertainment
TV
Voices
The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow
voices..says Matthew Norman
Sport
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash
football
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Graham Norton said Irish broadcaster RTE’s decision to settle was ‘moronic’
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jake and Dinos Chapman were motivated by revenge to make 'Bring me the Head of Franco Toselli! '
arts + ents Shapero Modern Gallery to show explicit Chapman Brothers film
Arts and Entertainment
Kurt Cobain performing for 'MTV Unplugged' in New York, shortly before his death
music Brett Morgen's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' debunks many of the myths
Life and Style
life
Sport
Brendan Rodgers
football The Liverpool manager will be the first option after Pep Guardiola
News
Amazon misled consumers about subscription fees, the ASA has ruled
news
Arts and Entertainment
Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Russell Tovey in 'Banished'
TV Jimmy McGovern tackles 18th-century crime and punishment
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Whitehouse as Herbert
arts + ents
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn