Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright showered heaps of praise on Phillips following his impressive performance.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) June 13, 2021
Former England goalkeeper, David Seaman, has also praised the 25-year-old midfielder on Twitter.
— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 13, 2021
Gareth Southgate’s side controlled the game well, but there weren’t enough clear-cut chances.
Phillips was outstanding during the game. He played alongside Declan Rice in the middle of the park but was deployed more advanced position.
He tested the goalkeeper with a thunderous volley and provided the assist for Raheem Sterling. He was the standout performer for the Three Lions.
— England (@England) June 13, 2021
Phillips took to Twitter after the game to express his reaction:
— Kalvin Phillips (@Kalvinphillips) June 13, 2021
It was a flawless performance from Phillips, who was simply unbelievable for Leeds during the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.
England got the breakthrough in the 57th minute of the game when Phillips produced a perfect pass to Sterling, who calmly slotted home.
Phillips’s display in the Euro 2020 opener is an indication that there’s more to come from him for the rest of the campaign.
100% long-ball accuracy
100% through-ball accuracy
94% passing accuracy
7 ball recoveries (most)
2 take-ons completed
1 chance created
1 shot on target
1 foul won
Take a bow. 👏 pic.twitter.com/5vPocBqMXR
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 13, 2021
Bielsa has completely transformed Phillips, and he has been a revelation in the last few years.
While he was outstanding in a holding midfield role for his club, Phillips has proved he can play in a more advanced position for England.