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Jose Mourinho lavish praises on Leeds star, Kalvin Philips in England win over Croatia
Jose Mourinho lavish praises on Leeds star, Kalvin Philips in England win over Croatia

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Roma boss Jose Mourinho was full of delight for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips following England’s Euros defeat of Croatia.

Phillips was a class apart in the fixture, running the game in the middle of the park against the likes of Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric and Chelsea’s Matteo Kovacic.

The three-time Premier League-winning manager praised the Leeds midfielder, saying: “He is a player that arrived last season from the Championship and he played the whole season in the most intense and difficult league in the world.

“He showed amazing personality.

Mourinho continued: “Of course [Declan] Rice was stable like he always is, but Phillips was more than stable.

“He showed that not just with the goal but also in the way he was pressing high, he was in a position side to side with Declan Rice but every time [Luka] Modric or [Matteo] Kovacic were dropping, trying to go away from them, he was not afraid of pushing up and trying to press higher,” explained the tactician.

“He was very, very good.

“When you see one of these young guys appearing on the big stages and perform the way he did, it is fantastic.”

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