England midfielder Kalvin Phillips vows not to lose discipline at Euro 2020


England midfielder Kalvin Phillips vows not to lose discipline at Euro 2020 after nearly missing the tournament following an incident in Leeds clash against West Brom

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has vowed not to lose his lead again after a reckless tackle on the last day of the season nearly ruled him out of Euro 2020.

Phillips suffered a serious shoulder injury after rushing in frustration against West Brom’s Grady Diangana and, although the 25-year-old recovered to be named to Gareth Southgate’s squad, it was a reminder that he had to stay focused.

“It was my mistake that led to their goal and you could see my mood change,” he admitted. “I was pissed off with myself and it hurt me.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has vowed to keep his discipline for England at Euro 2020

“My first feeling was to worry about not being part of the England squad. It’s a learning curve. There are things I need to work on in my game and I will continue to do so.

Phillips was one of the most notable players in Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who finished ninth in the Premier League after his promotion.

He could also play an important role for England this summer with Jordan Henderson’s last game in February due to a groin injury.

Phillips was convinced he could miss the tournament after rushing to Grady Diangana

Phillips was convinced he could miss the tournament after rushing to Grady Diangana

Nicknamed “the Yorkshire Pirlo”, Phillips could win his eighth cap against Romania on Sunday in the final audition before England start the final against Croatia next weekend. He said the pressure is not on him.

“I’m more excited than anything else,” he said. “I’m relaxed off the pitch and try not to let anything get in my way. The way Marcelo coached me is to never overemphasize the way I played and always to improve myself.

Bielsa has given Phillips a jersey from his former club Newell’s Old Boys for the midfielder to mentor and set up in the playroom of his new home.

It was quick progress for the player who spent the last World Cup hoisting flags around his house and watching England games in his living room with friends. Working with internationals in training has improved his own game.

The 25-year-old explained how being part of the international setup got him to play

The 25-year-old explained how being part of the international setup made him play

“The standard and the way the players apply is top notch,” he said. “I was impressed with the quality and speed of some players when I arrived. Now I try to follow them. You want to compete to be as good as them.

Jokingly, when someone suggested he was better than N’Golo Kante, Phillips replied, “Unfortunately, I should disagree.”

But considering he was an unselected league player 12 months ago, the fact that Phillips can face the world’s best defensive midfielder in the Euro round of 16 shows the steep slope of his career.


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