Declan Rice has hailed Kalvin Phillips after the Leeds United midfielder starred in England’s 2-1 win against Poland on Wednesday night.
Harry Maguire’s 85th-minute goal earned the Three Lions all three points to preserve their perfect start to World Cup qualifying after a first-half penalty by Harry Kane was initially cancelled out by Jakub Moder.
Leeds star Phillips, 24, played all 90 minutes for England in the win, earning his seventh international cap in the process.
Although the holding midfielder has been regularly criticised by sections of England fans, Gareth Southgate has stood by him and in this international break started him in all three matches that resulted in wins.
After the game, Phillips took to his personal Instagram account to point out England’s 100 per cent record while he was playing for them. He said: “That’s three out of three! What a way to end this international week.”
A number of players replied to Phillips’ post and one of them was defensive midfield rival Rice. However, the West Ham ace was complimentary of his team-mate, saying: “Class, you.”
Phillips for Euros?
England have made an impressive start to World Cup qualifying with three wins out of three.
While two of them were straightforward victories over San Marino and Albania, getting all three points against Poland was massive in what was arguably one of the toughest matches of the qualification round.
The fact Phillips started all three of these games suggests that he’ll be in Southgate’s squad for the European Championships this summer.
Jordan Henderson is an injury doubt as it stands and that means Phillips and Rice should be the two deep-lying midfielders in the Three Lions’ squad.
England have a tough group at the Euros this summer.
Croatia, who beat us in the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, as well as Scotland and the Czech Republic could prove to be tough nuts to crack. All of them will be well up for the battle against England.
However, we’re confident that if Phillips can play at his best then we have a big chance of qualifying for the knock-out rounds and after that, it’s more than likely down to the luck of the draw.
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