Gary Neville says 26-year-old has been even better than Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips at Euro 2020
Gary Neville has told Sky Sports News that he thinks Raheem Sterling has been even better for England than Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips at Euro 2020.
Sterling stole the show last night as England progressed to their first major tournament final since 1966.
While Leeds Phillips also played a big role in central midfield, it was Sterling who caused the biggest problems to the Danish defence.
Ultimately his pace won England a penalty in extra-time, which Harry Kane converted on the second attempt, to send Wembley into delirium.
Before the contest Neville admits that he felt Leeds United enforcer Phillips had been one of England’s star players.
But now he believes that Sterling should be considered the Three Lions’ Player of the Tournament.
“About four or five days ago I thought Jordan Pickford. Luke Shaw has been outstanding, Kyle Walker has been absolutely brilliant and Kalvin Phillips – amazing in central midfield,” Neville said.
“But you’d have to say with what Raheem Sterling did last night he definitely jumps in front of those.”
Phillips still key
Neville’s words still serve as a big compliment to Phillips who has indeed been a star performer for England.
The Leeds academy graduate has helped Gareth Southgate’s side reach the final while conceding just one goal.
Phillips has also had an influence on England in an attacking sense though, as he helped set up Sterling’s first goal of the competition against Croatia.
Phillips’ place in England’s starting line-up on Sunday now looks fairly assured, when they will take on Italy, as they look to end a long wait for silverware.