NEIL Harris praised the leadership qualities of Danny Shittu after the veteran defender helped Millwall U21s to a cup win over Colchester United.
The young Lions won 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at The Den.
First-teamers Shittu and Magaye Gueye both featured in the game and development squad boss Harris was particularly fulsome in his praise of the centre back's performance.
"I think Danny epitomises what every professional should be about," Harris told the club's official site.
""He stepped down to the U21s to gain some match practice and he led the team.
"His talking in the dressing-room, his talking and communication with the young lads on the pitch was first class.
"That's what a leader is all about, that's what a captain is all about. He's done that for years and years to his sides and he did it against Colchester.
"It wasn't just his leadership, it was the way he played as well.
"He was the one that was throwing his body in front of the ball at the end of 90 minutes and at the end of extra time, and if those young players want to have a career in the game then they need to look no further than Danny Shittu."