Euros 2016 – Three Lions for the Three Lions

13 Jun

3503A1FD00000578-3635177-England_s_lion_mascot_Leo_watches_on_as_England_train_at_their_C-a-51_1465561602930After all the violence, more violence, and general douchbaggery surrounding the Euros this weekend and then the non-sensical acts in Orlando yesterday, I felt we all could use a little distraction. So let’s meet three very special Lions of England’s squad: Leo, Kit Kat, and Lenny. These cutie plush lions are intended to assist with player and staff bonding throughout the tournament.

Leo is ward of the squad. According to Kyle Walker, “the players nominate who will carry it. It’s up to the senior members of the squad.” Leo made his first France appearance travelling rather amusingly on Chris Smallings’ suitcase upon arrival in Chantilly.

34F9AFBA00000578-0-image-a-57_1465337228766351606C400000578-3635177-image-a-47_1465561526715Guardianship for Leo passed to defender John Stones for the first match. Clearly John takes his duty a tad more seriously than Chris.
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EXCLUSIVE ALL ROUNDER John Stones took control of leo the toy lion from Chris Smalling. Gary Neville met up with England fans after walking back from the training ground 10 June 2016. Please byline: Vantagenews.com

EXCLUSIVE ALL ROUNDER John Stones took control of leo the toy lion from Chris Smalling. Gary Neville met up with England fans after walking back from the training ground. 10 June 2016.  Vantagenews.com

Kit Kat is the staff’s mascot, and I’d venture to guess it was him taking up a prime spot during training.
3503C90C00000578-3635177-image-a-50_146556158861835159C8600000578-3632904-image-m-6_1465470678367Lenny travels with the team on match days.  Adorable!

-hopechaser

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