Mills: 'Mind-blowing' Phillips development is good news for Leeds
Kalvin Phillips’ fantastic European Championship bodes well for Leeds United next season, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted Phillips “looked at home” on the biggest stage.
The 25-year-old played all but 25 minutes of England’s march to the final.
He earned his 15th cap on Sunday as England were defeated by Italy on penalties in the final at Wembley.
Phillips only earned his first call up to Gareth Southgate’s squad last August but has become a key player in the side.
“Going through those experiences, the highs and the lows, playing against quality opposition under severe pressure is so difficult to do,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“He’s made that step up really quickly and looks at home really quickly.
“That bodes well for Leeds for the rest of the season. He’s shown he’s not just a holding midfield player, he’s got more to his game. Most Leeds fans will have known that. It’s mind-blowing.
“However, the players will be gutted and devastated. But when you look at the bigger picture of where they’ve got to at such a young age with inexperienced players, they’ve achieved an awful lot.
“No one else has got there. You can keep going on about them getting an easy route but England had an easy route in 2008 when they got knocked out by Croatia, they got knocked out by Iceland. Was that not an easy route?
“They’ve had World Cup groups with USA and Trinidad and Tobago.”