That's for you, mum
Kalvin heads to the Den
England's Kalvin Phillips was our special guest in the Lions' Den on Monday
Phillips has since has grown into his defensive responsibilities and had no problem in containing one of the most accomplished midfielders in world football in Luka Modric on Sunday.
But it hasn’t come at the expense of his attacking play either, as he perfectly demonstrated in England’s UEFA EURO 2020 opener.
“I was a player who scored a lot of goals when I was younger,” said Phillips. “And then when the new manager [Marcelo Bielsa] came in and changed my position, he nurtured me to be a bit more defensive.
“But I always knew that I could make room to find a pass and get into positions where I can hurt defences.
“I had this feeling before the game that I might score and I said it to Ben White. Obviously, I didn’t score but I did set one up.
“Whenever I get on the ball, I just think ‘don’t give it away’ and if there’s a pass that I can play forward, if not then try and give it to someone who’s in a better position. My team-mates helped me out a lot though.”
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