Kalvin Phillips made his senior England debut on Tuesday night – and some Leeds United fans on Twitter praised their player for his international performance.
The 24-year-old started in England’s Nations League fixture away to Denmark, which finished goalless in a fairly dull game.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate gave the Leeds midfielder his first international cap and he played 76 minutes before being replaced by Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
Phillips slotted into the England system as part of a midfield pairing next to West Ham’s Declan Rice, but the two struggled to gel at the beginning and are both individuals that like to sit.
It seemed like there was a lack of creativity going forward for England and that’s something Southgate will need to work out before the next international break.
After a slow start, Phillips built in confidence to receive plenty of possession and show off his great range of passing with plenty of switches of play.
He’s an all-action midfielder that wasn’t sitting as a deep-lying playmaker like he usually does at Elland Road, but he grew into his England debut and looked strong in the second-half.
A selection of Leeds supporters on social media gave their overwhelming support for Phillips after his England performance and believe he gave a good account of himself.
Here are some Leeds fans on Phillips:
Phillips should be proud of his debut, didn’t put a foot wrong in a negative formation. #LUFC
— Connor (@BielsaTheGreat) September 8, 2020
Decent debut in a new system with a new team. 👏🏽👏🏽
— BD12White (@BD12White) September 8, 2020
I thought Phillips did really well. Didn’t look out of place. Got a few good challenges in. Was neat and tidy and his passing was good. Grew into the game and overall can be proud of himself. Had a better game than Rice IMO #lufc #MOT
— Chris Lee (@Chris1014Lee) September 8, 2020
Nuff said 👏👏 decent performance considering playing out of position. And at walking pace 👏👏👏
— wakey white (@sdtweedy) September 8, 2020
He did a great job keeping Eriksen quiet, which appeared to be his main role.
— Trev Warren (@WarrenTrev) September 8, 2020
Played well considering in wrong position and first game back from his knee injury. 76 minutes was a good run out for him getting him ready for Saturday . If he plays like we know he can this season he will not be a one cap wonder ⚽️
— Stuart Ingham-Smith (@smith_ingham) September 9, 2020
— The Pudsey One (@nigelbarker1971) September 9, 2020
Yorkshire pirlo played well tonight after a nervy start, still not sure what the system was but that isnt Phillips fault. #England
— PJH LUFC (@pistol1603) September 8, 2020
Out of position on his debut but a calm and composed effort! Great experience going from playing against championship opp to playing with Kane/sterling etc 💪🏻👍🏻🙌🏼 #England #phillips @LUFC https://t.co/y1XYHM3UfX
— Matty Wells (@Matt40443057) September 8, 2020