After 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.
Guardianship for Leo passed to defender John Stones for the first match. Clearly John takes his duty a tad more seriously than Chris.
Kit Kat is the staff’s mascot, and I’d venture to guess it was him taking up a prime spot during training.
Lenny travels with the team on match days. Adorable!