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Heatmap and stats demonstrates just how vital Kalvin Phillips is to England's Success in Euro 2020.
Kalvin Phillips doesn't always do the eye-catching work but stats reveal just how important he was in England's semi-final win over Denmark.
The Leeds man who received his first cap in August of last year notched up 15.3km of running across the 120 minutes.
Kalvin Phillips after running 15.3k during the Denmark game celebrating because he knows he'd have run twice as far today if he was at home doing Bielsa pre season training. pic.twitter.com/whZ1vvhUuP- LUFC-MOT (@Lufctwit) July 8, 2021
After a tough start to the game where Denmark seemed to slip frequent passes by him. Phillips grew into the game and began to dictate play with his wide variety of passing.
Kalvin Phillips' game by numbers vs. Denmark:- Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 7, 2021
100 total touches
90% pass accuracy
14 passes into the final third
9 ball recoveries
6 attempted long passes
4 successful long passes
4 attempted tackles
4 successful tackles
Such a vital player for this England side. :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/llC0YfIYlJ
Stats suggest that the Leeds man had a passing accuracy of 90% with 4 successful tackles out of 4 attempts.
More importantly, Phillips recovered the ball 9 times after England had gifted away possession.
Calls before the game were for Gareth Southgate to drop one of Declan Rice or Phillips as fans believed the midfield pairing to be too conservative. However, Southgate stuck to his guns and went with the proven formula for success in the tournament so far.
Little was known about England's rock in the midfield prior to the Euro 2020 yet Phillips appears to have cemented his place in the England team for years to come.
England will be looking for a similar performance from the Leeds man as they take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final this Sunday under the lights at Wembley with 60,000 fans expected to be in attendance.
Phillips dedicated England's semi-final win to his late grandmother who passed away after a battle with Covid. Whilst fans sung 'Sweet Caroline' Philips wore a shirt with the name 'Granny Val' printed across the back and held up the England flag in celebration.
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