By Craig Scott

13th Jun, 2021 | 4:10pm

Italian commentator dubs Leeds ace Phillips 'Yorkshire Pirlo' in England v Croatia

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips was described as “the Yorkshire Pirlo” by an Italian commentator during the England game on Sunday.

Phillips, 25, bossed the game as the Three Lions won 1-0 against Croatia at Wembley in their Euro 2020 opener and even managed to grab the assist for Raheem Sterling’s goal in the second half.

Mirror journalist David Anderson watched the Italian coverage of the game and noted on his personal Twitter account that Phillips was handed the same nickname that Leeds fans give him.

Better than Pirlo

Is it about time we stop calling Phillips ‘the Yorkshire Pirlo’ and instead start calling the former Italy star ‘the Lombardy Phillips’?

We cannot describe how well Phillips played against Croatia.

He assisted the goal, played exceptionally well in possession, made good runs, played with his heart and without fear and did a superb job of stopping Croatia in their tracks when they tried to get forward.

Gareth Southgate angered some England fans by starting Phillips, let alone calling the midfielder up. But it’s fair to say that those who do not rate Phillips simply do not understand football and should maybe find another sport to watch.

Everyone is talking about Phillips in high regard after that performance.

Speaking on BBC One’s coverage of the match, Jermaine Jenas described the midfielder as “brilliant” while Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard raved about him too.

It’s great to hear that people in other countries are also realising how good Phillips is. Let’s just hope it doesn’t lead to a summer of continual rumours linking him with a move to Europa League and Champions League clubs.

He’s good enough to play in Europe but let’s hope he can get there with his boyhood club.

In other Leeds United news, Jose Mourinho has made a claim about Phillips.