Kalvin Phillips has told BBC Sport that Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper has text him ahead of Friday evening’s Euro 2020 clash between England and Scotland. Leeds ace Phillips is expected to start for England – while Liam Cooper will be hoping to retain his Scotland place.
Phillips, 25, has gained enormous plaudits for his performance in the middle of the park last Sunday. His swashbuckling performance was key to England dominating a Croatia midfield that included Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric. Phillips also got the assist for Raheem Sterling’s winner.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s game in which many now expect him to start, Phillips said Cooper had been in touch. The Leeds captain played 90 minutes of Scotland’s 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic. Kieran Tierney might replace him, but he is hoping Phillips is not as good on Friday.
What has Cooper sent to Leeds teammate Phillips ahead of Scotland V England clash?
“I am excited. It is a big occasion and I am excited to see Liam,” Phillips said. “Liam text me after the [Croatia] game actually. He said ‘Kalvin, you’re a joke. I hope you don’t play that well on Friday.'”
Numerous reports are beginning to circle on social media that Gareth Southgate could make four changes to his England side. It is believed that Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier could drop out – to be replaced by Reece James and Luke Shaw. In attack, Jack Grealish might come in for Phil Foden.
Harry Maguire might return from injury having trained well, replacing Tyrone Mings alongside John Stones. Phillips, of course, will partner Declan Rice in midfield – with Mason Mount sitting in the 10. Jordan Pickford, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are expected to retain their places.