Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips admits suffering from nerves before England match on Sunday
TalkSPORT pundit Faye Carruthers detailed her conversation with Kalvin Phillips where the Leeds United star admitted he suffers from nerves before games.
The 25-year-old shone on the international stage for England on Sunday, registering an assist in their European Championships opener against Croatia.
The Three Lions picked up a 1-0 victory at Wembley and Phillips was one of the standout performers on the pitch, looking assured throughout, but journalist Carruthers detailed a conversation with the 25-year-old speaking about his pre-match anxiety.
Laura Woods initiated the discussion, telling talkSPORT [14/06/21]: “The fact it’s a major tournament and England’s opening game of the Euros, he was just absolutely chilled the whole time.”
“Do you know what, he said he wasn’t,” Carruthers responded.
“I said to him that he looked really assured and confident, but he said he gets nerves before he goes out on the pitch but that they dissipate when he steps onto the pitch.
“I said to him ‘you wouldn’t have been able to tell that from the performance’ because it was fantastic.”
Phillips had the Croatian midfield on strings for the duration of the 90-plus minutes, so it’s no wonder that Carruthers was surprised that he suffers from pre-match nerves.
Real Madrid star Luka Modric is of the world’s best midfielders but he barely got a sniff as the Yorkshire Pirlo hassled and hurried for the ball, before distributing it with consummate class.
Phillips looked every inch an international player and he belied his status as one of England’s newest figures, having made his debut only last year.
His composure on the ball was evident for all to see, so it’s a surprise to hear he suffers from such anxiety before matches.
But as he says, he never lets that get the better of him when he steps out onto the pitch, and he looks set to play a key role for the Three Lions as they bid for European glory this summer.
In other Leeds United news, Laura Woods has admitted her shock at this Whites star.