Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips started for England and played the full 90 minutes in a comfortable 5-0 win against San Marino.
He put in a brilliant display that was highlighted in an official tweet from the England Twitter account.
It showed an incredible heatmap from the Leeds midfield and added a single word – “Everywhere” – and a strong arm emoji.
— England (@England) March 25, 2021
Declan Rice stayed on the subs bench for the entire game.
Phillips plays the defensive midfield role brilliantly for Leeds and he showed that he can do the same job for England last night, albeit against pretty limited opponents.
Against San Marino, Phillips was never going to stand out like his more attacking teammates but stats from LUFCDATA showed how effective he was.
He had a 91.2% pass accuracy, made five successful long passes, won six duels and created two chances.
At 136, he had the second-most touches, and at 125 (with 114 successful) he made the second-most passes in the game.
As Opta man Jonny Cooper said, Phillips made 21 more passes than San Marino did as a team.
Kalvin Phillips vs. San Marino:
90 mins played
91.2% pass acc.
114/125 successful passes
5 succ. long passes
6 duels won
5/5 aerial duels won
2 chances created
1/1 successful cross
1 tackle won
Second-most touches and passes on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/pcbmS44fMC
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) March 25, 2021
WhoScored gave him an excellent 7.8 rating, the highest rating of any England player in defence or midfield bar James Ward-Prowse.
Gareth Southgate was impressed, too, saying on ITV after the game, “Kalvin Phillips, I was really pleased for him. He’s used the ball well but his athleticism around the pitch was good.”
We couldn’t be any prouder of Phillips. He’s got a fantastic chance of making the England squad for the Euros now.
That starting holding midfield spot is likely to come down to him and Declan Rice, and the West Ham player will probably start the next game for England, against Albania on Sunday.
All Phillips can do is keep putting in the sort of displays he put in last night.
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