Mills wants Leeds win on old stamping ground

David CuffleyFormer World Cup defender Danny Mills makes no secret of where his loyalties are in tomorrow's big League One showdown between two of his former clubs at Carrow Road.David Cuffley

Former World Cup defender Danny Mills makes no secret of where his loyalties are in tomorrow's big League One showdown between two of his former clubs at Carrow Road.

The Norwich-born full-back, who retired from football last August, played more times for Leeds United than any other club and now lives in Harrogate.

Despite starting his career with the Canaries, for whom he made 73 senior appearances, he admits: 'If I'm honest I'd like Leeds to win tomorrow and then Norwich to win every single game after that.

'Although I was born and bred in Norwich, I'm now a Leeds fan because of the great times I had there as a player. When I left Norwich it was not on great terms.


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'I have been to a few Leeds games this season and my boys are Leeds fans because I think it's important they support their local team.

'The perfect season for me would be Norwich and Leeds to go up and Charlton to win the play-offs - that way my three old clubs all get promoted.'

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The 32-year-old Mills, capped 19 times by England, works in broadcasting as co-host of the BBC's Late Kick Off show in the North East, and will cover the World Cup for BBC 5 Live.

He was with Leeds for five years and was a member of the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 and believes they are overdue to return to the big time.

He said: 'Leeds is a massive club that should be in the Premier League with the amount of fans they have.

'Norwich is a relatively big club that certainly deserves to be in the Championship and with the size of the club could probably sustain themselves in the Premier League.'

Mills saw Leeds beat City 2-1 earlier in the season to go 11 points ahead of Paul Lambert's team.

He said: 'It has been an incredible changeover, but even then Leeds were not playing fantastic football, they were digging out results.

'Norwich have got over their blip at the start of the season and gone from strength to strength and only a complete disaster can stop them going up.

'Anyone with half a football brain knows Norwich are promoted - the only issue is whether they will be champions. Going up will be great for the club and great for the city.

'Leeds are doing their best to throw it away.'

Mills sees some cause for optimism for Leeds tomorrow, however, one of which is the capture of one of his former Manchester City team-mates.

He said: 'They've signed Paul Dickov to the end of the season. He worked with the manager at Blackpool. Dicky will score goals, he's very, very fit, has plenty of enthusiasm and is a great lad. I hope he can knock in a few goals for them.

'They also normally play better against a team that likes to play football and get it down and pass it.'

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