Elland Road. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)Elland Road. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)
Elland Road. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

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Leeds United fans will have been fit to burst with pride watching Kalvin Phillips’ display for England on Sunday afternoon.

The Elland Road midfielder was arguably the best player on the pitch in his side’s 1-0 win over Croatia, and it was his superb footwork that released Raheem Sterling through the middle to convert the vital goal.

But David Prutton was not surprised by the 25-year-old’s contribution, arguing that it was merely a representation of why he is such a key player for the Whites.

Writing in a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “He was composed and quite obviously knew his role within what boss Gareth Southgate wanted him to do.

“Phillips looked unfazed and he is not a young man that we have seen necessarily look stressed when it comes to the questions that have been asked of him and it was exactly the same again.

“He played a very important role in the game and the outcome of the game and this is a very proud and respectful moment that he has managed to show in an England shirt.

“There was much discussion over whether it would be Declan Rice or Phillips starting or a mixture of both and what we saw from a dovetailing point of view fills you with a lot of hope going forward in the tournament.

“We may only be one game in but Phillips was composed and assured.

“Every single Leeds fan knows what Phillips is about and he showed what perhaps other people hadn't known about him.”

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