England and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips revealed that Andre Pirlo had sent him a video message wishing him luck before the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Phillips has been called the Yorkshire Pirlo in the past as his playstyle replicates the World Cup and Champions League winner. Phillips was in the starting lineup as England secured automatic qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.
“In England, there’s never been this kind of player. There have been great midfielders over the years with different skills – there’s the boy at Leeds (Phillips), who’s a bit of a regista (playmaker).” Pirlo said earlier this year.
“It’s always nice to get the recognition of some unbelievable players,” England midfielder Kalvin Phillips said. “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 of 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.” he added. “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.”