Paul Robinson delivers verdict as Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips plays in England v Czech Republic
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Paul Robinson has been blown away by Kalvin Phillips’ performances for England in the three group stage matches.
On Tuesday night, Gareth Southgate’s side confirmed themselves as group winners with a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republics.
England also beat Croatia 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Scotland to advance to the knock-out stages of the competition.
Phillips rightly gained a lot of plaudits after the victory over Croatia as the Leeds midfielder stunned the nation with a man of the match performance.
However, praise was more muted against Scotland and the Czech Republic, with Sky Sports dishing out a lowly match rating of five for the Leeds ace on Tuesday.
Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson disagrees with that though and claims Phillips is a shoo-in to start for the Three Lions when they take part in the knock-out stages.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “He’s made himself undroppable.
“In the first three games, he’s been outstanding.
“It would have been Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson in the first game, I think that would have been [Southgate’s] preferred team to start with.
“But Phillips has made himself undroppable with the way he played against Croatia.
“He continued his form and in all honesty, what have been three average team performances [by England], I thought he’s been one of the better players.”
England could face any of France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary in the round of 16, depending on who finishes second in Group F – the group of death.
Whoever the Three Lions draw, they will at least be playing in front of a home crowd at Wembley, where they have lost just twice in the last five years.
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