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Kalvin Phillips dropped a midfield masterclass on Sunday afternoon to help England defeat Croatia 1-0.
Many viewed that decision to be 'too defensive' with Jack Grealish forced to drop down to the bench.
However, Leeds United star Phillips lived up to his 'Yorkshire Pirlo' moniker with an outrageous performance at Wembley.
The first half saw Phillips successfully complete all 18 of his passes, the only outfield player on the pitch to do so.
But it was in the second half he truly arrived in the game, dancing through Croatia's defence before sliding a ball through to Raheem Sterling.
Drifting between two defenders, Sterling fired home to score his first goal at a major finals.
While Sterling's goal secured the victory, it was Phillips' dominant performance in the middle of the part that had fans talking.
Andrea Pirlo is the Italian Kalvin Phillips :flag_black:- Harry Hesketh (@HarryHesketh) June 13, 2021
Really enjoying Kalvin Phillips deciding to turn up and play like Xavi for the day. Fair play to the lad.- Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) June 13, 2021
Every Leeds fan right now after constantly going on about how good Kalvin Phillips is pic.twitter.com/v4qThuuSDe- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) June 13, 2021
If Kalvin Phillips continues like this in the Euros then Jordan Henderson won't be needed around the camp. #ENG- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) June 13, 2021
Kalvin Phillips has been unreal. Wow.- Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) June 13, 2021
Kalvin Phillips has been UNREAL- Jaack (@Jaack) June 13, 2021
Phillips helped Leeds to ninth in the Premier League this season in their first campaign back since 2004.
Elsewhere, Jude Bellingham became the youngest player to ever play in a European Championship.
Aged 17 years, 349 days old - Bellingham replaced captain Harry Kane in the closing stages.
Victory for England takes them top of Group D for at least a day.
The other Group D clash between Scotland and Czech Republic will take place on Monday at 2pm.
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