Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips recognised after England nomination


Following Kalvin Phillips’ stellar summer in England’s midfield, he is up for the award of the national team’s Player of the Year.

England announced the decision on social media as they shared a video of all those included in the voting. Phillips is included among 13 of his teammates, with those who featured in at least 50% of England’s games in the last year eligible for the award.

The nominated players include: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Mason Mount, Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.

It’s fitting to see Phillips’ midfield partner from the Euros, Declan Rice, also on the list. The pair started every game of the tournament together, despite calls from some to include Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham.

The Leeds midfielder has featured in 15 England games since making his debut in Denmark before the start of his debut Premier League season. He subsequently went on to start in every one of England’s eight games in the Euros, picking up the assist for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal in the win against Croatia, which catapulted the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ into the nation’s affections before he went on to cover more ground than any other player in the tournament.

He was also pictured as the first on the scene to comfort Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after he missed the penalty which saw England lose the final to Italy.

Whether Phillips can bring home the award remains to be seen, but he has certainly done more than enough to be considered as one of the contenders.





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