Hometown hero Kalvin Phillips' England call up well deserved - the YEP says

He’s the calming force on the pitch with a cool head for when the going gets tough.

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 6:00 am
The midfield maestro has been included in Gareth Southgate’s 24-man squad for next month’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

"The Yorkshire Pirlo", as he is affectionately known in LS11, Kalvin Phillips was tasked by Bielsa with protecting and patrolling the Whites’ backline in their pursuit of Premier League football.

And that he has certainly done.

Since joining Leeds United’s Academy in 2010, Phillips has been living his boyhood dream by representing the city he loves so much - not only on the pitch but off it, too.

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So it comes as no surprise that our hometown hero has had a call up to play for the England squad.

The midfield maestro has been included in Gareth Southgate’s 24-man squad for next month’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

Such is the adoration for Phillips that there is no doubt he will not only continue to inspire fans in Leeds but further afield.

And the words of the song that those adoring fans sing on the terraces certainly ring true today.

He’s magic, you know!

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