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"Vital player": Kalvin Phillips offers big praise for Jordan Henderson

England midfielder Kalvin Phillips has praised his international teammate, and Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson.

The Leeds United man has been the big winner from Henderson’s recent injury issues.

He has replaced the 31-year-old in the Three Lions starting XI as he continues his recovery from injury.

The duo partnered each other in the second half of England’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic last summer.

Many think that Henderson could now regain his place in the side for the knockout stages at Phillips’ expense.

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Yet Phillips has been very complimentary of his midfield competition.

“Every day I go out and try and do my best”, said Phillips (via Leeds Live).

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“Jordan has been training with us for the last two or three weeks so it’s not new to see him coming back in.

“I expected Jordan to come back into the team because he is such a good and vital player for England. You know whoever gets the nod, and whoever doesn’t, we’ll be there to support each other and that’s the main thing.”

Phillips or Henderson: who should start?

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While we may be slightly biased, we believe that Henderson should go back into the England XI for their last-16 game against Germany.

Phillips has had a fine Euros thus far. He was particularly impressive in the first game against Croatia.

Yet Henderson offers that little bit more, especially going forward.

The Leeds man stars for his club when playing as a single No 6. His long-range passing is usually a particularly impressive facet of his game.

Yet we have not really seen that from him in the last two games. That is likely because he is playing in a slightly more attacking role, meaning that he doesn’t have the time or space to play that quarter-back role.

Henderson is used to playing the box-to-box role at Liverpool. In fact, he is one of the best box-to-box midfielders on the planet in our opinion.

He can bring more going forward, as well as the all-important leadership skills that he possesses.

It will be interesting to see what way Gareth Southgate goes.

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