Trevor Sinclair responds to Daily Mail headline on Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips

Trevor Sinclair has urged people to focus on what Kalvin Phillips is achieving on the pitch after the Leeds United star’s family history was dredged up by the Daily Mail.

After a stunning performance for England in their 1-0 win against Croatia on Sunday, the Daily Mail wrote a story about Phillips and decided to include in their headline that the midfielder’s father is currently in prison.

The Mail’s angle was fiercely criticised by former Bradford and Peterborough player Aaron Mclean, who called the newspaper an “absolute disgrace”.

Ex-West Ham and England winger Sinclair has since taken to his personal Twitter account to react too.

The talkSPORT pundit said: “Let’s celebrate what Kalvin Phillips is achieving.”

Spot on

Why does Phillips’ family history matter? Why has the Daily Mail decided to bring up something like that when the midfielder is one top of the world right now after a stunning display versus Croatia at the European Championships?

What an awful thing to do.

We cannot imagine how Phillips feels about that headline or the fact that his father being in prison was brought up at all.

All of the focus should be on what he’s been doing on the pitch for both England and Leeds yet the Mail has decided to make it about something else.

It’s simply irrelevant.

Whoever wrote that story, whoever wrote that headline and whoever published the story to go online in the manner it did should be ashamed of themselves.

Unfortunately, newspaper have a habit of treating black players differently, as we’ve seen countless times with Raheem Sterling over the years.

Let’s hope Phillips gets more respect after Friday when England take on Scotland in their second group stage match.

In other Leeds United news, Ashley Cole slammed this Elland Road ace for his latest international display.