Jermaine Jenas says he picked out ‘sensational’ Leeds star only 10 minutes into Euro display
Jermaine Jenas has claimed that he picked out Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips as a positive only 10 minutes into his England performance on the weekend.
England kickstarted Euro 2020 with an eye-catching 1-0 victory over Croatia. It was vital to pick up three points in the first group stage match. In addition, it must have been nice for Gareth Southgate’s group to beat the team that knocked them out of the World Cup in a semi-final a few years ago.
Leeds talisman Phillips made a huge impact in the Three Lions midfield alongside Declan Rice and Mason Mount.
The 25-year-old was tireless with non-stop running because he’s developed that kind of engine at Elland Road.
Additionally, he assisted Raheem Sterling’s winner with a clever through ball pass.
Pundit Jenas has praised Leeds-born midfielder Phillips for his international contribution:
“I thought the [England] players handled the pressure really well and their ten, 15 minute start to that game on such a hot day really set the tone,” Jenas told talkSPORT.
“We know Kalvin Phillips was sensational and I picked him out after ten minutes. He was incredible under those circumstances.”
Will Leeds ace Phillips keep England spot against Scotland?
England host Scotland on Friday in their next group stage match, and Southgate has big decisions to make.
There is no doubt he’s got the options to make wholesale changes if he wishes, something that many believe could be wise to keep players fresh during the tournament.
However, surely it’s impossible to drop Phillips after a man of the match display.
The Leeds man will be on cloud nine throughout this week because of his last performance, which is why he should continue the momentum in the XI.