Middlesbrough's young defender David Wheater has revealed he has been given a new nickname by his team-mates.

The 20-year-old Redcar-born player has been a revelation at the heart of the club's defence in the absence of the injured Emanuel Pogatetz, and as a result, has been dubbed 'Pally' after former Boro, Manchester United and England star Gary Pallister.

Wheater, currently on international duty with England's Under-21s, told the club's official website: "Stewie Downing has texted me and called me 'Pally', so I think it's stuck in the dressing room.

"I can't say I've seen a lot of him play, but from what I have heard, he was a fantastic player - and I wouldn't mind all of those trophies, that's for sure."