Paul Robinson thrilled by Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips despite England loss v Italy
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Paul Robinson has been blown away by Kalvin Phillips’ performances for England at the European Championships despite the Leeds United midfielder only coming away with a silver medal.
Phillips, 25, started every single match for the Three Lions and was only substituted off once by Gareth Southgate, with that being in the routine 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
The Leeds midfielder completed 120 minutes in both the semi-final and final before England lost on penalties to Italy and it’s his fitness that has thoroughly impressed his teammates, according to Robinson.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the ex-Whites goalkeeper said: “The fact he’s played every single game tells you where he’s come to in the international reckoning.
“I don’t think he would have started had Jordan Henderson been fit but he played the first game and made himself undroppable.
“Players have commented on how fit he is and his stamina compared to everyone else.
“You could see in the substitutions when Henderson was coming on, it was always Declan Rice that was taken off.
“You’ve got to give him so much credit because he wasn’t a definite starter and made himself undroppable.
“He’s been fantastic for us. Leeds will be tested a little bit because he’s proven he can do it on a world stage now.”
Phillips was easily one of the best midfielders at the entire tournament.
He kicked things off with a man of the match display against Croatia before impressing in pretty much every single match on the way to the final.
While he’ll be disappointed to have not returned to West Yorkshire with a winners’ medal, there’ll no doubt be a massive feeling pride towards the 25-year-old, who’s asserted the fact that he’s one of the best players in his position in the world.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made an approach to sign this £6.4million central midfielder.