Leeds players at Euro 2020
This page is dedicated to the seven Leeds players involved in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament this summer. Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts, Gjanni Alioski, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente were all selected to represent their countries at Euro 2020.
The rise of the Yorkshire Pirlo continues under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa. The 25-year-old Leeds-born favourite is now regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League. Kalvin became the first Leeds United player to represent England at a major international tournament since 2002.
Kalvin has enjoyed his first Premier League season after securing a Championship title and has amassed 211 club appearances for his boyhood club. He was given the number 14 shirt for Euro 2020 and has gone on to make 11 international appearances since his England debut against Denmark in September 2020.
Kalvin Phillips has featured heavily for Gareth Southgate in 2021 and was included in the final 26-man squad after recovering from suffering a shoulder injury in the closing stages of Leeds' final game of the season against West Brom.
Kalvin became the first Leeds player to feature for England at a major international tournament since 2002 producing a magnificent performance in England's opening 1-0 group stage victory over Croatia and registered the all-important assist for Raheem Sterling's winner.
Having misplaced just two passes throughout, Phillips also covered the largest distance of any player involved for either side at Wembley (10.3km). His display saw him voted the BT Player of the Match and earned rave reviews from the likes of Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas, Mesut Ozil, Ian Wright, Michael Ballack, Marcus Rashford and Nigel de Jong post-match and was also namechecked for praise by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Kalvin Phillips became the first England player to assist a goal on his first European Championship appearance since David Beckham assisted two goals (for Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman) in a 2-3 defeat to Portugal on June 12th 2000.
Kalvin Phillips played 90 minutes of England's second group stage game in a goalless draw with Scotland at Wembley and made 66 touches, completed 47/56 passes, won 6 duels, made 5 ball recoveries and completed 5/8 successful long passes.
The Yorkshire Pirlo became the first Leeds United player to represent England in three matches at the European Championships featuring for 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory v Czech Republic. He made 60 touches, completed 41/49 passes, covered 11.2km distance, made 5 ball recoveries, won 3 duels, made 2 interceptions and 2 crosses. Kalvin was the only outfield England player to play in every minute at the Euro 2020 group stages as the Three Lions qualified for the last-16 of the tournament.
Phillips starred in England's famous 2-0 victory over Germany at Wembley in the last-16 playing 90 minutes and made 60 touches, completed 45 successful passes, covered a total distance of 11.3km, made 11 ball recoveries, 4 successful long passes, won 4 duels won, made 2 clearances and picked up a yellow card. England face Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome.
The 11 ball recoveries by Kalvin was the highest amount made by any single England player in a European Championship match since Tony Adams (13) v Germany at Euro 96.
At this stage, England had conceded one goal from open play and kept clean sheets in over 1,000 minutes with Kalvin Phillips on the pitch. Kalvin Phillips had also covered the largest distance (52.0km) and made more ball recoveries (28) and completed 37 final third passes, only Raheem Sterling has completed more (38) for England at Euro 2020.
Kalvin Phillips played 65 minutes in a phenomenal 4-0 victory over Ukraine in Rome before being replaced by Jude Bellingham in the second half. England manager Gareth Southgate explained that he took off Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice to prevent them them from picking up a suspension for the semi-finals as both players were on yellow cards.
Phillips completed 89% of his passes (23/26), made 29 touches, 23 pressures, made 14 opposition half passes, covered a distance of 8.1km, created 1 chance and made 1 interception.
It was the first time England had scored four in a major tournament knockout game since 1966. England also became the first team ever to keep five clean sheets in their opening five games of a European Championship.
Kalvin Phillips produced a superb display in the Euro 2020 semi-final as England defeated Denmark with a 2-1 victory at Wembley after extra-time. Phillips became the first Leeds player to reach a major international final since Jack Charlton with England in 1966.
Kalvin played 120 minutes and made 100 touches, completed 90.2% of his total passes, completed 74 successful passes, 45 opposition half passes, 14 final third passes, made 37 pressures (20 more than any other England player), and covered an astonishing distance of 15.3km which is the most by any single England player at Euro 2020 but also the third-highest distance by any single player at Euro 2020 (courtesy of Graham Smyth at the YEP).
The Yorkshire Pirlo also made 9 ball recoveries, 4/6 successful long passes, won 3 tackles, made 2 interceptions and attempted 2 shots. Unsurprisingly, Kalvin Phillips has made the most pressures by any single player at Euro 2020 (172) and ranks third for the most distance covered at the tournament (67.3km); Only Pedri (76.1km) and Jorginho (72.3km) have covered a greater distance.
England made history by reaching the European Championship Final for the first time. Kalvin played 120 minutes in the Euro 2020 final as England lost on 2-3 penalties against Italy following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Kalvin completed 77% of his passes and completed 30 passes in total, made 58 pressures (most on the pitch), 57 touches, made 8 ball recoveries, won 7 duels, won 4 tackles, made 2 clearances, made 1 interception and attempted a shot.
Kalvin also covered a distance of 15.7km throughout the match at Wembley, which ranked him second overall for the most distance covered at Euro 2020 with 83.0km only behind Italy's Jorginho (86.3km). The Yorkshire Pirlo also ranked first for the most pressures made at the tournament (229) and ranked joint-third for most the ball recoveries (45).
Kalvin Phillips on his performance v Croatia: "The last tournament that England were involved in, I was sat in the living room wih my friends. To be here now is absolutely extraordinary. It's a dream come true. I never thought I'd be in this position. To be here now proving a lot of people wrong - I'm very happy with that."
Gareth Southgate on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "Kalvin is a player who is so understated. He's had a fantastic start to his international career. I thought he was immense throughout the game. Working with Marcelo Bielsa and having the season he has gave him confidence, but all the attributes were there. High performance, low maintenance - we like that a lot. We know that we are asking him to play in a slightly advanced position than that he plays at his club. But he knows he has the technique to do that. He gives us a bit more solidity in midfield & allows us to effectively play four attacking players.”
Gareth Southgate on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "Kalvin is a fabulous boy to work with, so unassuming and I thought his performance was outstanding."
Raheem Sterling on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "“He was good in there and he brings a lot of energy to the team. He plays on the front foot and is in the opposition’s faces but at the same time he uses the ball well and you can see from our goal the clever play he has. He brings a lot to the team and you can see in his first major tournament and first major game he’s done brilliantly.”
Alan Shearer on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "He was Man of the Match for England today. He was superb for us from start to finish. He had an energy, he had a maturity, he had everything you need from a midfielder. The pass for the goal was superb and was protecting the back four at times."
Rio Ferdinand on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "Phillips has the license to run when Rice sits behind and he has been dangerous in that. He's competitive, he's dynamic. The timing of his runs when he broke out of midfield were perfect, especially with the goal. I think he's just a great lad. Bielsa's been a huge impact on him & had a huge influence on him in terms of fitness & nutrition."
Roy Keane on England's win v Croatia: "If you win the midfield battle it gives you a foothold to win football matches. Phillips and Rice were excellent."
Nigel de Jong on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "Sterling at the end of that goal, but can we talk about the performance of Kalvin Phillips so far? Absolute beast on that midfield. Breaking plays up and linking between the lines. Baller."
Jermaine Jenas on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "In sixty minutes, he's gone from 'maybe starter' to 'must starter'. He's been our best player. He has been brilliant."
Marcus Rashford on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "Immense today."
Mesut Ozil on Kalvin Phillips v Croatia: "What a player Kalvin Phillips."
Fabio Capello on Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice: "Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice are two phenomenal players, very different from Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who I coached: they are very functional in this England, they are two great midfielders who fight on every action. If England never concede a goal, they owe it to these two extraordinary guys, who even run into the locker room after every game! They are the secret of this great England. If the defense is iron, it is thanks to them because they protect their comrades."
Gareth Southgate on Kalvin Phillips v Czech Republic: “I thought he was excellent. I like him in that role, the defensive pivot. His use of the ball was good, found the right spaces to go & receive. He played as he plays it for Leeds. We know how comfortable he is in that role & showed again how well he's adapted to international football.”
Raheem Sterling on Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice v Germany: "The two boys in midfield Declan Rice and [Kalvin] Phillips were class, they were animals in there and it was a great team performance."
John Stones on Kalvin Phillips post-Denmark: “He’s an incredible player and to see him come through and perform the way he has during this tournament, his first major tournament, I couldn't be happier for him. He's done himself so proud and obviously everyone back home."
Ashley Cole on Kalvin Phillips post-Denmark: “I’ll say it live on air. I had to get Kalvin Phillips here and say to him, ‘you know what, big respect.’ I think he's been tremendous in this tournament. So solid and integral in this England team. For me, that was my little ‘sorry’.’
John Barnes on Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice post-Denmark: "I’ve said all along, the two most important players for England in this tournament have been Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips. They've protected the back four. Those two give them that base and that balance that I don’t think we’ve ever had.”
Kalvin Phillips on Granny Val: “I do feel she’s up there looking down and cheering me on. I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for her. Every time I put the England shirt on I think of her. It was just her example. It’s just morals in life. Teaching me what kind of person to be and how to treat others and that hard work can get you as far as you want. That’s what she taught me and it will always stick with me.”
The 31-year-old midfielder scored on his Premier League debut against Liverpool and has made 141 appearances for Leeds since joining the club in June 2017. Klich also became the highest-scoring Polish player in Premier League history in 2020/21 producing four goals and registering five assists. Klich was named in Poland's Euro 2020 squad by head coach Paulo Sousa and has now amassed 34 international caps and scored twice for his country.
Klich played 85 minutes of Poland's opening 1-2 group stage defeat to Slovakia and made 65 touches, completed 39/50 passes, attempted 5 crosses won 3 duels, created 2 chances, 2/3 successful long passes and won 1 tackle. The Tarnów-born midfielder made his first ever competitive appearance at a major international tournament and played a key role in the build up to Karol Linetty's goal.
Klich also featured for 55 minutes of Poland's 1-1 draw with Spain in their second group stage match at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Sevilla and completed 15/21 of his passes, made 29 touches, 4 ball recoveries, won 4 duels, made 3 successful tackles and hit the woodwork.
Klich played 73 minutes in Poland's final game at Euro 2020 which ended in a 2-3 defeat against Sweden. The 31-year-old made 43 touches, completed 23/31 passes, attempted 6 crosses and made 1 clearance before being replaced by Kacper Kozlowski. Klich ranked fifth in the tournament for most pressures (72) after the group stages. Poland failed to make the knockout stages and finished bottom of Group E with 1 point.
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The Leeds cult hero's contract has now expired and has now left the club after having made 171 appearances for the Elland Road outfit since joining the club in July 2017. Gjanni made 36 appearances his first Premier League season scoring twice and registering 3 assists. He is the seventh-most capped player in the North Macedonia squad this summer and has scored 9 times for his country. A versatile player, Alioski has been predominantly deployed at left back or full-back for club and country in 2020/21 and represented North Macedonia in their first ever major tournament at Euro 2020.
Gjanni played the full 90 minutes of North Macedonia's first ever match at a major tournament but suffered a 1-3 defeat to Austria in Bucharest. Playing at left-full back, Alioski made the most touches (90) and most passes (49) for North Macedonia. He also covered a distance of 10.0km, completed 30 successful passes, won 6 duels, made 5 ball recoveries, won 4 tackles, attempted 3 crosses, committed 3 fouls, created 1 chance, attempted 1 shot and received a yellow card.
Alioski was at the centre of a controversial incident during the match involving Austria's Marko Arnautovic, who has denied being a racist while apologising for making an offensive slur and gesturing towards Alioski during his side's 3-1 win over North Macedonia. UEFA handed Marko Arnautovic a one-match ban after an investigation.
Gjanni Alioski made history for club and country in his second Group C game as he scored in the 57th minute in a 1-2 defeat to Ukraine. Alioski became only the second-ever goal scorer for North Macedonia at the European Championships (after Goran Pandev v Austria at Euro 2020) and only the second Leeds United goal scorer at the European Championships after Gary McAllister v CIS National Team at Euro 92. Alioski saw his initial penalty attempt saved by Georgiy Bushchan but he netted the second half rebound.
Against Ukraine, Alioski played 90 minutes, made 55 touches, completed 27/30 passes, made 17 opposition half passes, 5 ball recoveries, 2 shots on-target, had 1 penalty attempt saved and scored from the rebound.
In North Macedonia's final group game, Alioski played 90 minutes in a 0-3 defeat against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. He made 75 touches, completed 30/42 passes, won 7 duels, won 4 tackles, made 4 ball recoveries, created 2 chances and picked up a yellow card. North Macedonia bowed out at the group stages after 3 consecutive defeats.
Diego Llorente joined Leeds in September 2020 and endured a tough start after an injury setback. Since his return the centre-back has thrived in the Premier League, helping to keep four clean sheets and conceded just 12 goals in 15 appearances for the Whites. The 27-year-old scored his first goal for the club at home against Liverpool in April. Llorente rejoined the Spain squad after testing negative for Covid-19 for a fourth time following a positive test and a short period of isolation.
Diego Llorente has yet to play for Spain at Euro 2020 after not featuring in any of their matches at the tournanent. The Madrid-born defender was an unused substitute as Spain were held to a goalless draw in their group stage opener with Sweden in Sevilla. Llorente was also an unused substitute in a 1-1 draw with Poland in Spain's second group stage match at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Sevilla. Llorente wan't named in the 23-man matchday squad for Spain's 5-0 victory over Slovakia in Sevilla which secured their place in the last-16 of the tournament.
The Leeds centre-back was also an unused substitute in Spain's dramatic 5-3 last-16 victory over Croatia in Copenhagen. Llorente was an unused substitute for Spain's quarter-final game with Switzerland which they won 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra-time in Saint Petersburg.
Llorente wasn't involved in Spain's semi-final clash with Italy which also went into extra-time and penalties
after a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium. Spain went on to lose 2-4 on penalties as Italy reached the final.
The 22-year-old penned a new three-year deal at Leeds in June and qualified for Wales through his grandparents. Roberts had previously trained with Wales as they prepared for Euro 2016 at the age of just 16. In 2015, he captained the Wales U16 side to glory in the Victory Shield. Tyler has registered 16 goals and assists in 40 appearances for Leeds and scored his first Premier League goal at Southampton in May. Tyler was included in Wales' Euro 2020 squad by Robert Page.
Tyler Roberts didn't feature for Wales in any of their three Group A matches. He was an unused substitute as Wales drew their Group A stage opener with Switzerland 1-1 in Baku, an unused substitute in a 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku and wasn't involved in Wales' 0-1 defeat to Italy in Rome. Roberts became the first Leeds player to qualify for the last-16 of the tournament.
Roberts finally came on for Wales in the 78th minute in a 0-4 defeat to Denmark at the Johan Cruijff ArenA and became the first ever Leeds player to represent Wales at a major international tournament. Roberts completed 5/5 passes with his five touches in his 12 minute-appearance after coming on to replace Kieffer Moore.
The Leeds captain played in his first major international tournament in the first appearance by Scotland at any tournament for 23 years. Coops has made 224 appearances for Leeds since joining the club in August 2014 and has led the Whites to a Championship title and a return to the Premier League in July 2020 following a sixteen-year absence. A popular figure in the dressing room and a tremendous leader, Cooper made 25 Premier League appearances and kept six clean sheets in the top flight for the Whites. Cooper has won seven caps since his international debut in 2019 and was included in Scotland's Euro 2020 squad by manager Steve Clarke. The Scots deployed three centre-backs under Clarke so the Leeds skipper had to contend with Kieran Tierney, Jack Hendry, Grant Hanley for a starting place.
Leeds captain Liam Cooper started Scotland's opening group game at Hampden Park in a 0-2 defeat to the Czech Republic. He earned his seventh international cap stepping in to replace Kieran Tierney who was rested with a minor injury. Coops made his first start at a major international tournament in Scotland’s first major tournament appearance since 1998. Playing on the left side of three central defenders, Cooper made 96 touches in total, completed 65/81 successful passes, won 9 duels, completed 5 successful long balls, won 2 tackles, made 2 interceptions and created 1 chance.
Cooper was an unused substitute in Scotland's second group stage match which ended in a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley. The 29-year-old was also wasn't involved in Scotland's final group game and a 1-3 defeat to Croatia at Hampden Park. Scotland finished bottom of Group D after finishing with one point.
The 24-year-old joined Leeds from SC Freiburg in August 2020 and has made 17 appearances despite suffering a tough first season with a knee injury. Robin made his Germany Under-21s debut in 2018 and made his senior debut against Argentina in October 2019. Koch has won 8 international caps at senior level and was included in Joachim Low's Germany squad for Euro 2020 but faces tough competition for places at centre-back competing with Ginter, Hummels and Rüdiger for one of the tournament's favourites.
Robin Koch failed to feature for Germany in any of their Euro 2020 matches. Koch was an unused substitute in Germany's opening 0-1 group stage defeat to France at the Allianz Arena in Munich courtesy of a first half own-goal from centre-back Mats Hummels. The former SC Freiburg defender was also an unused substitute in Germany's second Group F game which ended in a 4-2 victory over Portugal at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Koch was an unused substitute for Germany's 2-2 draw with Hungary which was enough for them to qualify for the last-16 in second place. Koch was an unused substitute as England defeated Germany 2-0 at Wembley in Joachim Low's final game in charge of the German national team.