It was a proud moment for everyone at Leeds United on Tuesday when Kalvin Phillips made his England debut against Denmark.
The Three Lions laboured to a frustrating goalless draw in Copenhagen, with Gareth Southgate adopting a new formation.
Phillips partnered Declan Rice in a 3-4-3, and it was clear that England missed that creative spark in the middle of the park.
The Yorkshire Pirlo is more familiar playing as a lone defensive midfield figure, and it took time for him to get used to having Rice alongside, and three defenders behind him.
Defensively, he made few mistakes. Phillips won 75% of his defensive duels according to WyScout – impressive when you consider his opposite number was Christian Eriksen.
As the game went on, his passing range came into the play and he looked impressive.
Looking at this example, Phillips wins the ball in the middle of the park and immediately looks to get England in behind.
Phillips may have won possession, but he was clearly pinned in by three Danish attackers, with an extra one covering behind – not that it mattered.
The 24-year-old emerged, not only beating his men but getting his head up and finding a sublime pass to send Harry Kane free in the final third.
How did Phillips compare to Rice?
Phillips completed five tackles compared to the West Ham man, who has taken most of the countries praise since his breakthrough in that role [WhoScored].
The Leeds midfielder also completed 48 accurate passes, more than any player in the away side outside of the back three and 16 more than Rice.
Rice is much more established compared to Phillips, but it was the Yorkshire Pirlo who looked like he had been in that England side for years on Tuesday compared.
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