Euro 2020: Moyes backs Kalvin Phillips for key role in England v Germany
David Moyes has told The Times that he expects Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips to be given the vital role of trying to nullify Toni Kroos when England meet Germany in their last 16 tie at Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s men meet the champions of 1996 in the penultimate tie of the round.
And it appears that the winners at Wembley will immediately become heavy favourites to reach the final – at the very least.
England go into the game having won their group, winning two of their opening three games. They have not conceded a goal.
Germany meanwhile, have been a little more chaotic. Joachim Low’s men won four points in the group. They were less than 10 minutes away from going out at one stage.
Nevertheless, all that previous form appears to now go out the window. And Southgate will be concentrating on how to stifle some of the players who have been amongst the world’s best for a number of years.
Few arrive with a bigger reputation than Kroos. The 31-year-old has been at the top of the game for well over a decade.
So winning that midfield battle could be crucial for England. And Moyes believes that Phillips’s fortunes on Tuesday night could be crucial to how the Three Lions fare.
“I can see Kalvin Phillips being given the key role of trying to curb his threat,” he told The Times.
“Phillips did a job against Mateo Kovacic when England played Croatia, getting close to him continually and knocking him off his game, and he does a similar job for Leeds United.
“He has great energy and awareness and I can see Gareth giving him a special responsibility to try to affect Germany’s No 8.”
Euro 2020: England v Germany tie could propel Southgate’s men on path towards trophy
Victory for England would leave them facing a quarter-final against Sweden or Ukraine.
The winner of that tie faces Denmark or Czech Republic for a place in the final. Crucially, the semi-final is obviously back at Wembley.
Southgate will not allow his players to look past Germany.
But you could understand if the supporters could not help but feel that the biggest hurdle on the route to the final is behind them should they win on Tuesday.
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