Kalvin Phillips makes Leeds United history by starting for England in Euros final against Italy

KALVIN Phillips makes Leeds United history by starting for England in tonight's Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

Sunday, 11th July 2021, 6:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th July 2021, 6:46 pm

Phillips becomes the first ever Leeds player to even feature in a European Championships final and the first for England in a major international tournament final since Jack Charlton in the World Cup final victory of 1966.

England have not reached a major international tournament final since but Phillips starts alongside West Ham's Declan Rice in midfield as the Three Lions bid to end 55 years of hurt.

Boss Gareth Southgate has made one change to his side as Kieran Trippier is recalled to the XI and Bukayo Saka drops to the bench.

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Southgate has opted to line up with a back three for only the second time during Euro 2020 as Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker form the centre-back axis.

The recalled Trippier and Luke Shaw will operate as wing backs in front of Jordan Pickford in goal.

Phillips and Rice are in the middle of the park and behind a front three of Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

England team to face Italy: Pickford, Shaw, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Mount, Sterling, Kane.

HISTORY MAKER: Leeds United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.
HISTORY MAKER: Leeds United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

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Thank you Laura Collins