Fans were left loving what Kalvin Phillips was spotted doing after the penalty shootout which saw Italy come away victorious.
The Leeds United and England star’s Euro 2020 campaign didn’t have the fairytale ending that everyone was hoping for on Sunday evening.
The Leeds midfielder played the full 120 minutes as the Three Lions played out their first major final for 55 years, earning his 15th England cap in the process and going on to cement his place in the heart of Gareth Southgate’s squad.
England started off perfectly when Luke Shaw fired them ahead after just two minutes, but increasing Italian pressure after the half time break saw Leonardo Bonucci score a close-range equaliser.
Another heartbreaking penalty shootout followed as Italy triumphed 3-2 on spot kicks.
However as soon as the final spot kick was kicked, Kalvin Phillips was the first to run over and console Bukayo Saka after his missed penalty.
Here is how he was rated by the national papers…
Daily Mail – 8/10
England’s very own Duracell bunny. He has not stopped running since kick-off against Croatia on June 13. Every blade of grass covered, every sinew in his body strained. And to think he has just one season of Premier League football under his belt. Immense.
Daily Mirror – 6/10
Never wasted a pass. Covered every blade of grass to force the Italians backwards. A player who has grown in stature during the tournament
Daily Express – 7/10
Held centre ground and gave Rice licence to roam. Effective with his distribution. Real workhorse.
Daily Telegraph – 8/10
A revelation, midfield spoiler and protector of the back-three. Has an inbuilt radar for sniffing out danger. Was playing in the Championship 18 months ago yet has assumed the appearance of a veteran
Guardian – 8/10
Tireless in keeping Italy’s threat at arm’s length. Unable to stretch them with his passing but stifled them physically.
The i – 7/10
The England player to have enhanced his reputation the most during this tournament delivered another assured display.
The Independent – 7/10
Not quite as omnipresent as Rice but as tenacious in the tackle and relentless in his pressing as we have come to expect during this tournament.
The Times – 7/10
Another notch on his belt in a remarkable tournament where he has established a regular position in midfield. He has been incredibly consistent, barely putting a foot wrong in the middle of the pitch.
The Sun – 8/10
The Leeds ace went toe-to-toe with the Italy midfield and gave everything. Shame it meant nothing in the end.
Daily Star – 6/10
On it from off, giving Italian midfield trio no peace and quiet. But outnumbered later on.
Fans left loving what Kalvin Phillips was spotted doing after the penalty shootout…
@JonathanBrook84: Good lad Kalvin. That shows the true mark of a man. What a fantastic player and role model. Future England captain, never mind Leeds captain with that attitude. Couldn’t be prouder of him – what a tournament he’s had, but even in defeat it’s side before self every time.
@BatesyV5: So proud of him. He’s a model professional and his family and every coach that has nurtured him deserve a lot of credit for how this young man has been shaped into the player/man he is.
@Jhn_mrk86: Was grateful for his medal too
@Shinjuku77: Was he the one who kissed it and showed genuine grace and humility? Credit to his family.
@anthonylockton: Have we ever had a player that was 100% across the board with his values. Every fan says they couldn’t be prouder, because there are no other words. What a man.
@TheCDog1981: He is undoubtedly the man everyone should aspire to be like. #lufc
@LadToDad_: This is what playing for England is all about. Kalvin, I LOVE YOU!
@EmmaBentley7: Without hesitation he goes. Set aside the fact that he has silenced every single critic and been a colossus this tournament. What a team mate, what a person. Our boy
@CycleTec76: This lad was class throughout the tournament, and would have been heartbroken at this moment. It says a lot about his character that his first reaction was to get to Saka to console him. The future is bright for England with people like this in our team.
@Michaelbrayauth: This lad has shown all of the Bielsa values of skill, grace, humility, class and courage during this tournament. The whole city of Leeds and the nation as a whole are proud. #lufc #mot #proud
@DarrenLeathley: Kalvin Phillips is a lovely young man. An absolute credit to himself, his family, his friends and his team mates.
@timmsy_ks: There have been many players down the years who I’ve been proud to represent us, but @Kalvinphillips takes this to a whole new level. The pride of the City and the club. An absolute credit to his family and the coaches who nurtured him.
@DanLUFC_: Give him the armband
@LewisJDelaney: This is why this current Leeds side are so special. I think every single player in our squad would have had the natural reaction to do the same 🤍💛💙
@LiamPearmainFx: Kalvin Phillips won my heart this tournament. I hate that he plays for Leeds because that man is special. Never anything fancy, just running, running & more running to do the badge proud. You should be glad you have such a player, hang on to him. He’s a man with integrity & heart
@Mccann84Thomas: He was the first one to console rashford as well when he was walking back!
@simonpc44: That actually gave me goosebumps with pride. As 53 year old supporter who’s been through thick and thin with Leeds and England, this just sums up the side before self attitude. Well done @Kalvinphillips. So proud.
@benlufcroberts: That’s just Phillips he is the definition of side before self
@in_sane44: Class act from Phillips, almost brought me to tears. Thumps up Leeds you’ve raised him well.