Warnock lauds keeper Kenny

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Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock believes goalkeeper Paddy Kenny does not get the recognition he deserves.

The former Bradford Park Avenue custodian has made considerable progress since he joined The Blades in a £42,000 deal from League Two side Bury in November 2002.

Kenny will make his competitive international debut for Republic of Ireland on Saturday, as they visit Cyprus in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

Warnock thinks Kenny's heavy-set frame does not endear him to many, but the Bramall Lane chief would not swap him for any other keeper.

"He looked like the Michelin Man," Warnock said in the Daily Mirror.

"We cut out the hamburgers, chips, meat pies and apple pies from his diet.

"But because of the shape he is, he won't always get the acclaim he deserves."