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Leeds United new boy Rogers: Klinsmann, Dempsey, Howard all spoke highly of England

Robbie Rogers has revealed he received plenty of advice from big names in USA soccer prior to his January move to Leeds United.

The 24-year old departed Columbus Crew to join the Championship outfit last month and admits the positive words from national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann, Fulham star Clint Dempsey, LA Galaxy ace Landon Donovan and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard all helped him make his decision.

"It helped having people like (USA coach) Jurgen Klinsmann saying nice things about England and Leeds," he told the Yorkshire Post.

"He had an amazing career and says playing in England was one of his favourite times.

"People like Clint, Tim Howard and Landon (on loan at Everton) also said what a great place England was to live so I thought, 'That sounds a cool place to play'.

"I'd been at Columbus for four years and felt the time had come to make a change. If I hadn't taken the chance to come to Europe, I'd have regretted it later in life. I know that.

"I am 24 now so this is also a good time in my life to come over. Having said that, I was torn. There was a big challenge waiting for me in the US (with MLS side Portland Timbers) if I had decided to stay."

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