Andrea Pirlo hails Kalvin Phillips recognition as Leeds United's England midfielder awaits Euros final against Italy

HE'S known as the Yorkshire Pirlo - and now the actual Pirlo has praised his talents.

Sunday, 11th July 2021, 11:01 am
Updated Sunday, 11th July 2021, 11:04 am

Pirlo's nation now stands in the way of England becoming European champions - and 42-year-old Pirlo picked out the forthcoming midfield clash between Phillips and Chelsea's Jorginho as one of his five key battles in Sunday night's final at Wembley.

Writing in The Mirror, Pirlo said of the Phillips versus Jorginho battle: "Both players do a such a good job protecting the defence and being that rock in midfield.

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LEGEND: Former Italy star Andrea Pirlo, pictured in charge of Juventus prior to the Coppa Italia final against Atalanta back in May. Photo by ALBERTO LINGRIA / AFP.
LEGEND: Former Italy star Andrea Pirlo, pictured in charge of Juventus prior to the Coppa Italia final against Atalanta back in May. Photo by ALBERTO LINGRIA / AFP.

"Often this job can go unnoticed – but I think they have both been recognised this tournament and rightly so."

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Thank you Laura Collins