REVEALED: Kalvin Phillips makes Leeds United and England Euros history by ending 55-year wait to match Jack Charlton feat

KALVIN Phillips created unprecedented Leeds United history and emulated Whites legend Jack Charlton 55 years on during England's victory against Croatia at Euro 2020.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 14th June 2021, 2:48 pm

Phillips set up the only goal of the game for Raheem Sterling in Sunday's Group D opener at Wembley and in doing so became Leeds United's first ever England player to provide an assist at a European Championships.

The tournament only began in 1960 under a very different and smaller guise but no Whites player has set up a goal for the Three Lions in the Euros that have followed.

Leeds have not even had an England player at the Euros since Nigel Martyn stepped out at Euro 2000 whilst Tony Dorigo and David Batty were the last United outfield players at a Euros in 1992.

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Amazingly, Phillips also provided United's first England assist at a major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup in which the Three Lions last lifted a major trophy.

Back then, legendary Whites defender Charlton provided an assist for Roger Hunt to net in a Group game against France which ended in a 2-0 victory for Sir Alf Ramsey's side.

Incredibly, despite a raft of internationals, no Leeds player has bagged an England assist at a major international tournament since, until the Yorkshire Pirlo changed that after a 55-year wait against Croatia.

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