David Prutton pundit lauds 'Exemplary' Kalvin Phillips for EUROs performances
Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips has been lauded by Sky Sports’ David Prutton for his performances at the European Championships.
The English midfielder has played every minute of every game for Gareth Southgate’s side and has formed a seamless understanding with Declan Rice in the middle of the park for the Three Lions.
For the Round of 16 game against Germany, Southgate is expected to chop and change things and possibly move to a back three which could see one of England’s midfielders being dropped.
However, Prutton does not see this happening. In his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post he wrote, “The Leeds United midfielder has done as much as he possibly could to count himself as definitely in the reckoning to start.
“He is the only outfield player to have played every minute of all three of England’s group stage games and that’s amazing.
“If he does start, this will be another huge test in his career so far but he has been exemplary so far.
“Kalvin is a very humble and ego-free player which means he understands his role within a side.”
Has to start
Why is Phillips’ inclusion even in doubt? He’s performed Southgate’s instructions to the T and has been one of England’s most consistent players at this tournament.
He may not come with a PR team like some players at the ‘big’ clubs do, but he’s a manager’s dream and is favoured by his head coach at the club as well as the national level.
He’s played in a holding role as well an advanced position as we saw in the first game against Croatia. The freedom that he was given resulted in him setting up Raheem Sterling for the only goal of the game.
His versatility can see Southgate make formation changes in game without having to use a substitution.
It is why he’s the only outfielder to play every minute of the EUROs for England and we’re expecting this run to continue.
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