Kalvin Phillips pays tribute to gran who died of Covid after heroic England win

Kalvin Phillips paid a touching tribute to his late grandmother in the aftermath of England's historic 2-1 win over Denmark at the semi-final stage of Euro 2020.

Nicknamed 'the Yorkshire Pirlo', Phillips has had a tremendous tournament, starting every game for Gareth Southgate's side as they made their way to their first final in 55 years.

After the game as the Three Lions stars sparked into wild celebration, Phillips donned an England shirt with 'Granny Val' printed on the back above the same squad number he wears on his own shirt.

This is not the first time the midfielder has worn something in honour of his gran, Phillips' boots for the round of 16 victory over Germany were personalised with the words 'Granny Val' on the side of them.

Tragically, Phillips beloved grandmother never got to see him line up for England at the tournament as she passed away in February, just a few months before it began.

Speaking about 'Granny Val' to ITV recently, Phillips explained: "She was very caring, she’s very nosey, but she was a lovely, lovely woman.

"She’d be saying ‘don’t let it [his England performances] get to your head and make sure you do just as well in the next game’.

"She always listened to it on the radio and then would ring me five or six times after the game, ask if I’m alright, ask how I played, if I did something wrong."

Don't miss a thing with our football updates!

Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?

Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox – don't miss a thing.

How do you sign up?

It only takes a matter of seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.

And that's it, job done. You'll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.

You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.

Phillips social media profiles display a number of photos of his gran, as well as a tribute to her the day after her funeral, which read: "Yesterday I said my goodbyes to my beautiful grandmother.

"Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and gifts and also to the people who have helped me and my family In such a difficult period.

"Without you guys, family and football it would have been even harder than what it has been. Rest in Peace Love you always Granny Val!"

Source: Read Full Article