Leeds ace Phillips explains what he told Arsenal's Bukayo Saka after Euro 2020
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has spoken about what he told Bukayo Saka after the Euro 2020 final.
What’s the story?
Euro 2020 was a whirlwind ride for anyone supporting the Three Lions. From the opening win over Croatia to the final loss against Roberto Mancini’s men, England were breathless.
However, it was not meant to be as they were defeated on penalties. And the Arsenal youngster missed the fifth and crucial penalty as England lost to Italy in the final.
Saka was left crestfallen and the Leeds United ace was the first to comfort him.
Now the defensive midfielder has spoken about what he told the star after his miss.
In an interview with the Times, Phillips said he told the 19-year-old to lift his head.
When talking about what he said to Saka, Phillips claimed: “In the way, we lost the final, especially for Bukayo, because he’s so young  on a big stage, I just felt like I needed to go over and console him.
“I just said, ‘Don’t worry about it, it happens in football, lift your head up.’ After the game, in the changing room, I’m just saying, ‘We all think the world of you.’ “
Phillips a testament to Leeds
Never has a player shone a light on one team as brightly as Phillips has on Leeds.
Phillips is a testament to Leeds amid the revelation of his comments towards Arsenal ace Saka.
Under Marcelo Bielsa, there is a togetherness within the Whites’ side. Everyone fights for each other in a squad that is more like a brotherhood.
Back in September 2019, Mateusz Klich alluded to it when speaking about the lack of a ‘big ego’ in the Yorkshire outfit.
It is probably why they retain such a strong bond, and most definitely why Phillips was one of the first to console Saka after his heartbreak two months ago.