Jamie Carragher shares how he feels when watching Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips play for England
Jamie Carragher has stated to the Telegraph that watching Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips play for England has helped to ignite his love for the national team.
Carragher readily admits that as a player he cared far more about club matters than country.
But with England progressing to the semi-final, Carragher is now falling in love with the national team.
And it is watching players like Leeds United’s Phillips which Carragher particularly enjoys.
“They are are modern professionals, approachable and likeable,” he said.
“It is impossible for me to watch Harry Maguire leading the defence, Kalvin Phillips making a name for himself in midfield and the rise of Harry Kane to superstar status and not to be enthused by their stories. Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham have taken risks by going abroad at the start of their careers – unthinkable for teenage England players 20 years ago.”
Phillips has been one of the stars of the tournament for England so far and has played more than even more Leeds fans would have predicted.
With Jordan Henderson back fit, there was initially a feeling that Phillips may be replaced when the Liverpool captain returned.
But Phillips’ own performances have meant that he has kept his place in Gareth Southgate’s side.
England are yet to concede a goal throughout the entire tournament and Phillips has played a huge role in that.
The Leeds man will be in action tonight, as England bid to make their first final since 1966 by beating Denmark at Wembley.
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