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.
Leeds United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips has picked up the nickname of the Yorkshire Pirlo as a nod to former Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.
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.
"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