Kalvin Phillips stars for England vs Croatia
England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a flying start on Sunday, picking up a 1-0 win over Croatia.
The result marked the first time that the Three Lions have ever won their opening European Championship game.
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the day. However, it was another England star who stole the show.
That man was Kalvin Phillips. The Leeds midfielder has not had the most impressive England career to date, and when partnered alongside Declan Rice, has looked pretty average.
However, Phillips was moved into a no.8 role against Croatia, which saw him chasing down every ball, putting in some superb tackles and, most importantly, slipping in Sterling for the winner:
That pass from Kalvin Phillips 😍
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 13, 2021
Real Madrid scouts show interest in Phillips
After the game, Phillips had the following to say:
“It’s a great feeling to get an assist and a great feeling for the three points.
“I’m laid back – that’s the kind of person I am regardless of what is thrown at me. I just try and take it in my stride.”
Gareth Southgate was also full of praise for the midfielder:
“Kalvin Phillips is a player who is so understated. He has had a fantastic start to his international career. I thought he was immense throughout the game – as they all were.
“Working with Marcelo Bielsa and having the season he has gave him confidence, but all the attributes were there. High performance, low maintenance – we like that a lot.”
And now, somewhat surprisingly, Phillips appears to have piqued the interest of a top European club.
According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Carlo Ancelotti wants to improve Real Madrid’s midfield this summer.
And, after his showing versus Croatia, Phillips has attracted the attention of Real’s scouts. It is added that Los Blancos have now decided to follow the Leeds man’s Euro 2020 efforts closely.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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