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Roma boss Jose Mourinho believes Kalvin Phillips was England's star player in their 1-0 victory over Croatia.

Gareth Southgate's side kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign perfectly as Raheem Sterling's goal was the difference between the two teams.

Leeds United's Phillips provided the assist for Sterling and stepped up to the plate with a dominant midfield performance in the group match at Wembley.

Former Tottenham manager Mourinho was hugely impressed with the 25-year-old, telling talkSPORT : "I have to say, Kalvin Phillips…

"It’s an accumulation of things. First of all he’s a player without international experience. He’s not a player that arrives from the Champions League, he doesn’t arrive with 20, 25 caps in his pocket.

Kalvin Phillips made the assist on Raheem Sterling's goal for England
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

"He is a player that arrived last season from the Championship and of course he played the whole season in the most intense and difficult league in the world.

"He showed amazing personality. Of course, Rice was stable like he always is, but Phillips was more than stable.

"He showed that not just in the goal but also in the way he was pressing high, he was in a position side to side with Declan Rice.

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"But every time Modric or Kovacic were dropping, trying to go away from them, he was not afraid of pushing up and trying to press higher.

"I don’t remember him missing a pass in a dangerous building up area. I think he was very, very good and when you see one of these young guys appearing in these big stages and performing the way he did, it is fantastic."

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Phillips has grabbed headlines with his amazing performance along with Three Lions teammates Sterling and Phil Foden.

Manager Southgate was jubilant with the team's performance, particularly how dangerous they looked with the ball.

He told the BBC : The players dealt with the big occasion really well right from the start.

"They played really well, they settled early in the game. There were moments when the tempo dropped just because of the heat.

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"But for the majority of the game, we were in control, we didn't give them many opportunities and we looked dangerous.

"Kalvin is player who is so understated and has had a fabulous start to his international career. I thought he was immense throughout, as they all were.

"I'm so pleased for Raheem. He's had this hex in tournaments, not being able to get the goal. I thought he was dangerous all day, right from the start.

"He's a good player and his goal scoring record suggests that we should have faith with him, especially in the last few years. I think he was motivated to show that.

"For him and everybody, we know we're going to need that depth with the attacking players. We'll need them through the tournament."

England return to action against Scotland on June 18.