Patrick Bamford says Kalvin Phillips can bring ‘something special’ to England’s midfield in his first major tournament as he backs his Leeds team-mate to challenge Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson for starting role
- Patrick Bamford believes Kalvin Phillips can offer something ‘special’ to England
- The Leeds midfielder has been included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad
- The striker thinks Phillips can compete with Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson
- Bamford was not included in the 33-man squad despite scoring 17 league goals
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Patrick Bamford believes his Leeds United team-mate Kalvin Phillips can bring something ‘special’ to England’s midfield at the Euros this summer.
The 25-year-old secured a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad on Tuesday after an impressive debut season in the Premier League.
Phillips has competition from Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson for a place in England’s midfield but Bamford believes his team-mate has the talent to force his way into the starting XI.
Patrick Bamford (left) believes his Leeds United team-mate Kalvin Phillips (right) can bring something ‘special’ to England’s midfield at the Euros
‘Every time he goes out there, he gives 100 per cent,’ Bamford told Sky Sports News.
‘I’ve seen the way that he’s grown as a player and he’s turned into one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.
‘Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice are top players, which shows the strength, but I think that Kalvin can definitely offer something special to that England squad.
Bamford insisted Phillips can compete with the likes of Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson
‘Nothing really fazes him to be honest. He’s a really laid-back kind of lad, in terms of not letting the pressure get too much for him. But when it’s game time, you’re not taking him out the zone.’
Phillips started all of England’s three World Cup qualifiers in March and looks set to add to his tally of seven caps this summer.
Bamford was not included in the original 33-man squad, despite contributing 17 goals and eight assists for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season.
But the striker insisted he will be watching the tournament as a fan and believes England are one of the contenders to win the competition.
‘We’ve got such a strong squad that I’m thinking England can win it. There are some other strong teams, but with the players we’ve got, we’re in for a very good chance.’
The striker was not included in England’s original 33-man squad despite his 17 league goals
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