Paul Robinson hails Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips for consoling Bukayo Saka after England penalty miss
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Paul Robinson has hailed Kalvin Phillips as a “man among boys” with England after the Leeds United midfielder raced to console Bukayo Saka after his penalty miss against Italy on Sunday.
England lost in the final of the European Championships after Saka’s spot-kick was saved by Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
As shown in a clip on the Match of the Day Twitter account, Phillips was the first to run over and support Saka as Italy players swarmed around him to celebrate their victory.
Although it was only Phillips’ 15th appearance for England and he wasn’t seen as one of the senior players prior to the tournament, Robinson feels as though the Yorkshire Pirlo has stood out as a leader this summer.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “He’s shown a great deal of maturity. Throughout the tournament, we’ve seen what character he is.
“He’s unflappable, he’s unfazed, you saw that in his performances and the way he behaved off the pitch.
“Everything you read about him, everything players have said about him, he’s highly commended.
“You could see he was a man among boys at the end of the game. There are a lot of young boys and a lot of pressure on young shoulders and you could see he emerged as one of the leaders.”
Saka must have been the loneliest person in the world after missing that penalty as Italy’s players surrounded him to celebrate with Donnarumma.
It was hard to watch for everyone.
We sat at home and in pubs with our face in our hands yet Phillips mustered the strength and energy to run all the way to Saka and be there for him.
We’re so proud of our Kalvin. What a player and what a man he is.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made an approach to sign this £6.4million central midfielder.