Ashley Cole shares what he told Kalvin Phillips after England win
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Ashley Cole shares what he told Kalvin Phillips after England win

Ashley Cole has shared on ITV (broadcast on 7/7; 23:14) what he told Kalvin Phillips after the Leeds United star produced another outstanding display as England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final.

Three years ago, it was England who were knocked out in a tournament semi-final after taking a lead through a free-kick before being left heartbroken in extra-time.

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This time around however, Gareth Southgate’s men were on the right side of the 2-1 victory after 120 minutes.

Picking out the most impressive performance may be difficult for many on such an emotional night for England supporters. But for those who can, Phillips may well get the nod.

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The Leeds midfielder was outrageously good in the middle of the park. He was breaking up play all over the pitch, and some of his passes were superb.

Phillips has emphatically silenced a lot of doubters this summer. And Cole looks to have been one of those who had his concerns about the 25-year-old.

The retired left-back previously shared on social media where he felt Phillips’s game was lacking.

Admittedly, he had suggested that the Leeds star had proved him wrong more recently. But following the semi-final, Cole shared how he felt compelled to speak to the Leeds star and congratulate him.

“Yeah it’s emotional,” he told ITV. “And I’ll say live on air I had to get Kalvin Phillips here and say to him, you know what, big respect, because I think he’s been tremendous in this tournament.

“He’s been so solid and he’s been integral in this England team, so for me, that was my little sorry.”

Leeds fans vindicated as Ashley Cole shares what he told Kalvin Phillips after England win

Leeds fans have insisted for several years that Phillips is a special talent. But, despite impressing in his debut Premier League campaign, many seemed unconvinced – just like Cole.

Whites supporters even felt compelled to defend him after he came in for criticism when England beat San Marino earlier this year.

His crime, it seemed, was to not score a hat-trick against the minnows of international football.

But Leeds fans have been vindicated for their faith in Phillips. No longer can anyone legitimately argue that the midfielder is not good enough for the biggest stages.

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