Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips has been commenting on the abilities of England teammate Jack Grealish as the squad prepares for the knockout stages.
Phillips has been making waves in the Three Lions squad since his international debut back in September 2020, with his influence clearly there on the rest of the squad.
Gareth Southgate has placed a lot of trust in the Leeds man, seeing him start and finish all three games at the Euro’s so far for England.
Meanwhile, Jack Grealish has had to be patient for his opportunity, despite the huge clamour for him to start by almost every England fan.
Even as rivals at club level, Leeds fans and other neutrals are warming to Grealish as he continues to showcase his tremendous talent for England.
Phillips and Grealish haven’t faced each other in the Premier League yet, with one of the two players missing for both clashes this season as both sides recorded wins without their star man.
However, it’s clear what both offer to both club and international football, and it’s something that Phillips certainly appreciates about the Villa star.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the Leeds midfielder heaped praise on Grealish ahead of England’s knockout clash with Germany.
He’s a perfect teammate to play with because he gets you out of so many situations. The quality he’s got on the ball is scary.
But when I play against him it’s very tough. We didn’t play each other in the season just gone but last time we played each other was in the Championship.
We were speaking about it the other day, and he was saying how knackered we were after running for just half an hour!
To play against a quality player like him is very difficult. When he starts to dribble it’s hard to stop him and I’m just glad I’m playing with him at this tournament.
Grealish is an exceptional talent and a vital asset to both Villa and England, one that should be utilised a lot more at the Euro’s.
Phillips simply has to start based on how he’s done so far, and then there has to be a place in the lineup for Grealish too.
He’s our most threatening player when he’s got the ball at his feet and that’s something that could take us very far in this competition.
As much as Leeds fans might not like his ‘diving’, it’s hard to tarnish his whole ability on that when he’s doing something that a large portion of players do (see the Ayling Flop Predictor).