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Leeds fans react to Gareth Southgate's post-match comments on Kalvin Phillips

Leeds fans beamed with pride on social media, after watching Kalvin Phillips prove what the Leeds fanbase already knew. His performance against Croatia saw him win the man-of-the-match award – and Leeds fans have responded on Twitter to Gareth Southgate and his claim about Kalvin Phillips.

Phillips, 25, stood head and shoulders above the rest. This, in a position that he does not even play in, in Leeds colours. Sitting ahead of Declan Rice, Phillips was deployed as a box-to-box midfielder. Despite the humidity, Phillips showed off the fitness he has developed under Marcelo Bielsa.

He lasted 90 minutes despite chasing Luka Modric for the entire game – and then getting forward himself. A run from midfield saw Phillips go past two Croatia players before laying Raheem Sterling through – and the Manchester City ace scored the only goal of the game to win 1-0.

Southgate raved about Phillips after the match – in a Tweet published on the official Leeds Twitter account. The England gaffer finished his response when asked about Kalvin with a brilliant summary of the Leeds ace, labelling him: “High performance, low maintenance – we like that a lot.”

What are Leeds fans saying about Southgate claim about Phillips?

Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter to Southgate’s comments. Already beaming with pride, many responded to their club’s Twitter account by agreeing with Phillips and enjoying the summary that the England gaffer gave. Southgate was much-criticised for his selection pre-match.

But 90 minutes later, Southgate was being praised for his usage of Phillips. Many were delighted with his comments on Phillips.

In other Leeds news, Jamie Redknapp has made a big claim about Phillips.

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