By Nick Ware

18th Jun, 2021 | 12:40pm

Spotted: Plane carrying Kalvin Phillips message flies over Leeds ahead of England v Scotland

The Kalvin Phillips hype has ramped up further after a plane displaying a poignant message to the Leeds United midfielder was spotted flying over the city on Friday morning.

Phillips has become the darling of England after his imperious display for The Three Lions against Croatia last Sunday, registering an assist and helping to shut out the likes of Luka Modric in a 1-0 win.

He is primed to start their second group game of Euro 2020 as the old enemy Scotland march into Wembley looking to atone for their first game disappointment against Czech Republic.

Ahead of the game, a plane carrying a message of support for Phillips was seen flying over Leeds, as tweeted by Whites supporter Karl Rennison on his Twitter profile.

His message read: “Absolutely love this, a plan has just flown over me in Leeds ‘England’s best tackler, our kid, number 23’.”

Best fans bar none

We’re delighted that the nation has taken Phillips to their hearts, and we wouldn’t want to begrudge him of England’s adoration.

But we all know we’re the loyal fans who have extra investment in his performances and feelings.

It will only take one momentary lapse in concentration or a deflection for an own-goal for England supporters to turn their back on the Yorkshire Pirlo and make him the villain of the piece. That’s just the nature of the beast with international football – fans are ruthless.

But we’ll always be waiting for him back at Elland Road, and he knows that he retains our unstinting support no matter what happens.

It will surely put a smile on his face as he inevitably watches the video on social media before Friday night’s huge clash.

It’s a touch of class from Leeds fans, and we can’t wait to see his touches of class on the Wembley pitch tonight as he bids to keep his name in the limelight.

In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips has shared what Liam Cooper text him saying ahead of the England game against Scotland.