Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips shined once again on the international stage for England against San Marino on Thursday.
The Three Lions cruised past the international minnows at Wembley, and the Yorkshire Pirlo sat at the base of the midfield perfectly.
Gareth Southgate was delighted with Phillips throughout the clash and his ability to keep spraying the ball around the park easily.
Phillips was brilliant and actually produced an incredible stat.
Opta Joe shared on their official Twitter account on Friday that the Whites midfielder produced numbers that haven’t been bettered in four years.
“Kalvin Phillips completed 115 passes against San Marino last night, the most by an England midfielder in a match at Wembley since Jordan Henderson against Malta in October 2016 (164),” they wrote. “Pirlo.”
115 – Kalvin Phillips completed 115 passes against San Marino last night, the most by an England midfielder in a match at Wembley since Jordan Henderson against Malta in October 2016 (164). Pirlo. pic.twitter.com/dlTe1Dvx8R
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 26, 2021
Some may say that this should be expected, but if it was so easy, why haven’t others beaten this record in the past four years?
Phillips demanded the ball at every possible occasion and bossed the game as he sprayed passes at all distances with ease against the minnows.
The 25-year-old is yet to pass 100 passes in a single Premier League this season, with his most still at 96 against Arsenal at home [WhoScored].
Given that, these opportunities at international level are only going to improve Phillips dramatically as he comes back to Elland Road.
Declan Rice sat on the bench this game, and we can guarantee that he wouldn’t have completed as many passes as Phillips if given the chance.
With the EUROs around the corner, the Yorkshire Pirlo is really playing himself into contention and he is doing it with a touch of class as he does.
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