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Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has established himself as one of the most integral players in Gareth Southgate's England side since the start of Euro 2020.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 8:47 am

The 25-year-old has been an ever-present for the Three Lions so far, and Brighton star Adam Lallana is in no doubt as to why that is the case.

Writing in a column for the Times, he said: "Their defensive record has been exemplary so far and it is important not to overlook the role of the holding midfielders in achieving such a solid base.

"It was less than a month ago that we were marvelling at the genius of N'Golo Kante and Jorginho in guiding Chelsea to a Champions League final victory against Manchester City.

"Yet, now with England, it's almost being derided as antiquated and regressive.

"It makes sense to discuss this in the context of of the players who've started the first three matches in the role; Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips

"With two defensive-minded No 6s in Rice and Phillips the team are compact centrally. Their first instincts are to protect.

"That is a vital mindset and is backed by peripheral vision, awareness and the athleticism to react.

"Being adventurous is not discouraged, but it must be calculated against the responsibility to shield if possession is lost. England have benefited from this.

“These qualities should come to the fore even more now against Germany in the round of 16, with Rice’s ability to break up possession and the robustness of Phillips crucial."

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