Kalvin Phillips feeling the love from Leeds United changing room ahead of England Euro 2020 clash with Robin Koch and Germany

Kalvin Phillips has been feeling the love from his Leeds United team-mates ahead of England's huge Euro 2020 game against Germany.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 6:18 pm
Updated Sunday, 27th June 2021, 6:22 pm
BIG GAME - Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, right, is set to take on Robin Koch, left centre, of Germany at Euro 2020. Pic: Getty

The Whites midfielder has played every minute of the Three Lion's major tournament fixtures so far and hopes to start once more when Gareth Southgate's men kick off at Wembley on Tuesday against Germany.

Phillips has not had contact from head coach Marcelo Bielsa, but has heard from the Argentine's staff.

"He's not been in touch personally," said the midfielder.

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"I've had messages from different coaches at the club. Marcelo's the type of manager who likes to keep things non-contact, just when he sees you he speaks to you then."

Along with a deluge of messages from Leeds fans and supporters of other clubs, he's had some encouragement from the Elland Road dressing room before the biggest game of his career to date.

"I always get support from the lads," he said.

"They're very caring and loving when it comes to things like that and I've had lots of messages from various different team-mates. It's always nice."

Phillips is one of seven Leeds players who went to the Euros with their respective national teams. Gjanni Alioski, Matuesz Klich, Liam Cooper and Tyler Roberts have all exited the competition as North Macedonia, Poland, Scotland and Wales bowed out.

All four of them enjoyed some level of involvement, Alioski and Klich in particular taking on key roles. Spain's Diego Llorente is one of two Whites yet to feature in the tournament. Robin Koch of Germany, is the other.

He and Phillips have been in touch but not to discuss Tuesday's big game, when Leeds loyalties and friendships will be put on hold.

"I've had a bit of interaction," said Phillips.

"I've spoken to Liam during the group stages and I spoke to Robin as well but nothing to do with England-Germany, just personal reasons asking how he is and how he's getting on."