Former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer has told Football FanCast that he cannot believe some of the stuff that has been said about Kalvin Phillips, including comments from ex-England manager Fabio Capello.
Phillips starred for England at the Euros, playing in all seven of the Three Lions’ fixtures.
During that run to the final, which ended in defeat to Roberto Mancini’s Italy at Wembley, the 25-year-old came in for a lot of plaudits.
Among those who praised Phillips for his contribution in the tournament was Capello, who told the MailOnline that the Leeds star was the “best modern midfielder” he has seen today.
It comes as a surprise to Palmer, who feels that Phillips needs to do more to justify such comments.
“I can’t believe… you know, I watch football and I think I’m a very pragmatic person, a realistic person, and I sit there and I listen to some of these commentators [and comments] and I think, ‘What are you basing your comments on?’
“What are you basing your remarks on? Kalvin Phillips has had a superb European Championship, but we’re talking about a handful of games. That doesn’t turn him into a world-class player yet.”
Phillips has been linked with a move away from Elland Road, with TuttoJuve reporting last month that Capello’s old side Juventus are interested in signing the England international.
Perhaps there is more work for Phillips to do, but he still looks to have caught the attention of many with some of his performances at Euro 2020.