'Oh my God, Ed Sheeran is right in front of me' - Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips on surreal night in England Euro 2020 camp

A singalong with Ed Sheeran and Euro 2020 drama gave Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips a surreal Tuesday night in the England camp.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 5:53 pm
SURREAL NIGHT - Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips and the England team joined in with a singsong alongside Ed Sheeran before watching the Euro 2020 games. Pic: Getty
SURREAL NIGHT - Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips and the England team joined in with a singsong alongside Ed Sheeran before watching the Euro 2020 games. Pic: Getty

The 25-year-old was tucking into his dinner after training at St George's Park when the singer, a guest of Harry Kane s, made an appearance to entertain the Three Lions squad and staff.

Phillips and his team-mates joined in with a brief rendition of The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner's Three Lions.

"Harry Kane sorted it out for him to come in and have a little singsong while we were having food," said the Leeds man in an interview with the BBC.

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"He did start playing it for about 30 seconds. I was just sat there looking at him like 'Oh my God Ed Sheeran's right in front of me. I always get starstruck with famous people. Even the first time I came here I was a little bit starstruck to be honest."

Next on the menu was a feast of international football, with Germany taking on Hungary and France playing Portugal in two goal-filled games.

As the Group F games went on to determine England's opponent for the last 16, Phillips and the rest of Gareth Southgate's players were glued to the television set, flicking between channels before it was eventually decided that Germany would travel to Wembley next Tuesday.

"It was crazy, so many mixed emotions," he said.

"We just finished food and the game was on inside so we watched it together, the Hungary game. We were flicking over to France Portugal too, we just wanted to see all the goals to be honest.

"We didn't know who we were playing until obviously the game finished. The results were up and down, even the results in the day were crazy with lots of goals. It was just a weird day, not knowing who you're going to play until the last minute, it wasn't scary but we didn't know what we'd be doing. It was a really good game. To be playing Germany is exciting."

Phillips, who revealed Borussia Dortmund pair Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham's delight at facing Germany next week, is still trying to get his head around being part of the England team and not just supporting them, as he has done since he was a kid in Armley.

"It's still surreal," he said.

"To be honest I feel like I'm still a fan, wanting to know who we're playing next. I'm still excited to see who we're playing. It's a different situation now that I'm actually playing for England but I don't let that get to me. I just want to do my best for England and enjoy myself as much as possible."