'No wonder he's as fit as they come' - England captain Harry Kane on Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips

England captain Harry Kane has paid tribute to Kalvin Phillips' work ethic and fitness level, which he puts down to Leeds United's 'mad training regime.'

Monday, 31st May 2021, 3:50 pm
Updated Monday, 31st May 2021, 3:52 pm
TWO LIONS - England skipper Harry Kane and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips pictured after Spurs' clash with the Whites. Pic: Getty

Phillips has been involved in Gareth Southgate's England training camp in Middlesbrough over the past week despite picking up a shoulder injury in the final game of the season.

The Three Lions boss will name his squad for the European Championships today and Leeds were confident that, if selected, Phillips would recover from his knock in time to feature in the tournament.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane has 53 England caps to his name and will be one of the first names, if not the first, on Southgate's list.

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He has been impressed with Phillips, who made his international debut earlier this season before he had even kicked a ball in the Premier League.

"He's done really well," Kane told Gary Neville for the former Manchester United man's The Overlap series.

"Again, great lad. Works really hard, I think at Leeds they have some mad training regime."

Phillips has evidently been regaling his national team colleagues with stories from Thorp Arch and what it's like to work under head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

"There's one, I forget what they call it now, but there's like two pitches together and they play 11 v 11 and it's literally just man for man on two pitches, two full pitches, I think side by side, so the width of two pitches," said Kane.

"The way they play is one v one, it's almost like you're just chasing someone around. There's no wonder he's as fit as they come."

Phillips has seven international caps thanks to his progression under Bielsa at Leeds and the promotion they secured to the Premier League.

His performances in the top flight have kept him in Southgate's plans up to this point and he played all but 19 minutes of England's trio of March World Cup Qualifying games.

Had it not been for a previous shoulder injury, sustained in November, he would have been involved in all five of the England camps since September.