Kalvin Phillips performed an audacious piece of skill that might as well go down as the ‘touch of the tournament’ once it finishes.
The Leeds United star brought a long ball to a full stop and passed it to Mason Mount in one motion during the semi-final win against Denmark on Wednesday.
England booked their place in the final of the ongoing European Championship as Harry Kane converted an extra-time penalty to complete a 2-1 victory.
Kieran Trippier couldn’t watch Harry Kane’s extra-time penalty 😬@England #ENG #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/e3AMEdPoeY— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 8, 2021
It was a highly controversial moment at Wembley after Raheem Sterling was brought down inside the Danish box.
Though, there wasn’t anything controversial about Kalvin Phillips’ performance as he ran a beastly 15 km during a 120-minute outing for his country.
Kalvin Phillips’ numbers against Denmark are quite something. The jewel in Marcelo Bielsa’s crown at Leeds has become an integral part of this England team.— KALVIN PHILLIPS DATA (@LUFCDATA) July 8, 2021
Only Pedri (76.1km) and Jorginho (72.3km) have covered a greater distance than Kalvin (67.3km) at Euro 2020. #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/jlLWGaiWrk
The Leeds United midfielder was slightly overawed by the occasion during the first half an hour but came into his own as the game progressed and stamped his authority in the second -half and the extra time that followed.
Besides his tireless display, the Whites man also pulled off an exquisite pass when he recycled possession back for his team with a magical touch.
Intentional or not, this touch from Phillips when it dropped from the sky perhaps isn’t getting enough credit.
Kalvin Phillips with the touch of #Euro2020 😍 pic.twitter.com/hu1rW3PiM7— KALVIN PHILLIPS DATA (@LUFCDATA) July 8, 2021
That touch by @Kalvinphillips 👏 pic.twitter.com/62dGdfRf7u— Paul (@PiddlyG) July 7, 2021