By Mark Smith

29th Mar, 2021 | 4:10pm

MOT View: England lost control of Albania clash once Kalvin Phillips was replaced

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips once again started for England on Sunday afternoon in their 2-0 victory against Albania.

The Yorkshire Pirlo earned his sixth cap for the Three Lions, but still receives heavy criticism from fans on social media for his performances.

With Jordan Henderson injured, Phillips is fighting for a spot with Declan Rice although Gareth Southgate started both in the World Cup qualifier.

Criticism towards Phillips is completely unwarranted.

The Leeds star was replaced with 20 minutes remaining in Albania, and the game lost all control and became very end-to-end and scrappy.

Looking at Sofa Score’s attacking momentum graph, the home side had no control of the ball whatsoever when Phillips was on the pitch.

England haters silenced.

Phillips faces thousands of critics on social media every single time he starts for England in any of their games during the international break.

The 25-year-old has become vital for the Three Lions, and this stat which highlights the fact even Albania dominated part of the game proves it.

Albania had no periods of possession during Phillips being on the pitch, and as soon as he left, they had a prolonged gap of pressure.

Phillips completed 92% of his passes according to WyScout, only misplacing five of his total attempted deliveries in his 70 minutes.

The Whites enforcer also only lost the ball four times too, his second-best total of the entire campaign for club and country as he recycled possession perfectly.

Gareth Southgate was once again delighted with Phillips this weekend, and should he make it three starts this week against Poland during this break, he will be in prime position to start at the EUROs; he certainly deserves it.

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