Phillips hailed after dominant display

Kalvin Phillips blows England fans away following a superb performance during England’s win against Croatia.

England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win against Croatia.

And the Leeds ace impressed fans so much he has been compared to AC Milan’s entire legendary midfield.

Phillips provided the perfectly weighted through ball for Raheem Sterling to score the winner.

And the football world was quick to heap praise on the 25-year-old after the game.

Phillips hailed

Squawka tweeted in praise of Phillips who Leeds fans often call the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’.

“Passing like Pirlo, tackling like Gattuso, dribbling like Kaka.”

“Kalvin Phillips is not the Yorkshire Pirlo, he’s the entire Milan midfield,” the tweet reads.

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Jose Mourinho singled out Phillips after the game on talkSPORT.

Asked who his standout performer, Mourinho replied without hesitation: ‘Kalvin Phillips.’

“He a player without international experience. He’s not a player that arrives from the Champions League, he doesn’t arrive with 25 caps.”

“He is a player that arrived last season from the Championship.”

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Phillips bossed the midfield against Croatia

“And of course he played the whole season in the most intense and difficult league in the world.”

“He showed amazing personality. Rice was stable like he always is, but Phillips was more than stable.”

“He showed that not just with the goal but also in the way he was pressing high.”

“He was in a position side to side with Declan Rice.”

“But every time Modric or Kovacic were dropping, trying to go away from them, he was not afraid of pushing up and trying to press higher.”

“I don’t remember him missing a pass in a dangerous building up area.”

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He dominated the midfield

“I think he was very, very good and when you see one of these young guys appearing in these big stages and performing the way he did, it is fantastic.”

Kalvin took Euros by storm

Phillips had not yet made a Premier League appearance or featured in any of England’s youth teams when he was called up.

He was called to the national team by Southgate in September 2020.

The 25-year-old made his debut in the goalless Nations League draw against Denmark on 4 September.

He appeared in the top flight for the first time four days later in promoted Leeds’ 4-3 defeat by Liverpool.

But it was his ninth cap, earned against Croatia on Sunday, that has really made people take notice his potential.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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