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Kalvin Phillips admits to fears over 'messing up' against Croatia

Kalvin Phillips admits to fears over 'messing up' against Croatia
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The 25-year-old put in a standout performance as the Three Lions beat their Group D rivals 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday.

Kalvin Phillips admits he had a day of worrying he would mess up on his tournament debut for England – only to put in a man of the match display to help see off Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener.

The 25-year-old put in a standout performance as the Three Lions beat their Group D rivals 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday.

Phillips laid on the only goal of the game for Raheem Sterling to cap off a fine individual display which earned him plenty of plaudits.

While UEFA handed its star of the match award to Sterling, Phillips would claim the official England man of the match gong.

But he conceded it could have been different, having been concerned of stage fright when he was first made aware he would be starting.

“We only found out (the team) the day before,” he told the Lion’s Den.

“We did some set-piece meetings and (boss) Gareth (Southgate) named the team. At first when you hear your name your heart is in your mouth.

“I had a full day of thinking ‘oh no, am I going to mess it up?’ but then you get to grips with it and be ready for anything that comes.

“When you see you are lining up against (Luka) Modric and (Mateo) Kovacic you know it doesn’t get any tougher than that.”

Phillips also had more reasons to celebrate as his eye-catching display came in front of his mother, who had toasted her birthday 24 hours earlier – and thought he may have even been able to mark the occasion with his first England goal.

“It is just mad,” he added.

“You can’t really put it into words. At the time when I was running forward with the ball, I can’t really remember doing it.

“I remember Walks (Kyle Walker) passing me the ball and then everything else after that was a blur and as soon as the ball hit the back of the net the crowd went mental.

“It was my mum’s birthday the day before and when we celebrated she was literally right at the front on that side so it felt like we celebrated with her as well.

England's Kalvin Phillips celebrates
Phillips (pictured) laid on the only goal of the game for Raheem Sterling (Glyn Kirk/AP)

“It was weird. I had a mad feeling before the game that I was maybe going to score.

“I told Ben White I had that feeling and I came close to scoring but if I wasn’t going to score, at least I set one up.

“Whenever I get a chance to be on the ball, I just think ‘don’t give it away’.

“Given I had a 94 per cent pass accuracy, my team-mates helped me out a lot and that is how it happened.”

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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