Fabio Capello has told the Daily Mail that Leeds star Kalvin Phillips is “the best” modern footballer he has seen at Euro 2020. The England midfielder continues to shine at this summer’s tournament, partnering Declan Rice in midfield. Capello also commented on his comparison with Andrea Pirlo.
Phillips, 25, has played every single minute of England’s four games against Croatia, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Germany. He has been pivotal in preventing England from conceding, with Gareth Southgate’s side now racking up four clean sheets from four. Phillips has been inch-perfect.
On Tuesday night, he produced 11 ball recoveries – the most since Tony Adams did exactly the same during Euro 96 against Germany. He has been genuinely, incredible. Now, he has earned praise from ex-England boss Capello who believes it is easy to see Bielsa’s impact on him.
What has Capello said about Leeds man Phillips – amid Euro 2020 form?
But Capello, who was ultimately poor as England gaffer during his time as manager – which ended in a 4-1 defeat to Germany at the World Cup – also commented on his Yorkshire Pirlo tag. Capello believes both are very different players, though Phillips shows more aggression.
“Phillips is not like Pirlo and he will never be,” Capello said. “He is a much faster and more aggressive player, of good quality but he is not Andrea’s heir. He reflects a lot the tactical qualities of Marcelo Bielsa.
“At Leeds with Bielsa, Phillips has really grown a lot and today he is the best modern midfielder I have seen on the pitch – but no one should compare him to Pirlo.”