The Azzurri legend sent a good luck message to Philips a day before the Euro 2020 final.
Kalvin Phillips has been compared to Andrea Pirlo for his playing style in Leeds United’s midfield. Leeds fans refer to the 25-year-old star as ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’, praising him for his remarkable presence in their squad. Now, the admirers of Phillips finally have a confirmation from the Italian legend himself.
The England international revealed Andrea Pirlo had sent him a message before the Euro 2020 final, wishing him good luck.
“It’s always nice to get the recognition of some unbelievable players,” Phillips said, quoted by the Telegraph. “The night before the final Jack Harrison, who used to play at New York City with him, sent me a video of Pirlo.
“It was a video to me saying ‘good luck in the final and he wishes me all the best’ so that was very nice.
“It was a very nice feeling and obviously I thought it was going to say something about Italy but, no, he wished me well – full respect for that. I just got the video and I was like ‘oh my God’. I’ve never met him, I’d like to meet him to be honest. I’ve seen that is a very cool guy, but I’ve heard he’s a nice guy as well.
“To have someone on the other side, on the other team, wish you well and especially a player like that, it is always a great feeling.“
England lost the final in the penalties while Italy took home their second European Championship title. However, Phillips’ impressive performances were not overlooked.
The Leeds United star won England’s Men’s Player of the Year for 2020/21 for his consistent form. He has established himself as a key player in the England squad, eyeing success in the next year’s World Cup.
The Three Lions are only one point away from qualifying for the competition. England will face San Marino in their last qualifier on Monday.