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Phillips calls on England to take more risks against Germany

Phillips was England’s only outfield player to play every minute of the Euro 2020 group stage but Henderson is pushing to start Tuesday’s the round-of-16 clash with Germany at Wembley after playing the second half of the win over the Czech Republic.

The Liverpool captain is one of Gareth Southgate’s most experienced outfield players, although Phillips impressed in the group, particularly in the opener against Croatia.

Declan Rice made way for Henderson against the Czechs and the West Ham midfielder could ultimately be the player to drop out, if Southgate sticks with a two-man midfield.

“Hendo’s been training with us for two to three weeks now so it’s not new to see him come back into the team,” Phillips said.

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“Obviously I expected him to [return] because he’s such a good and vital player for England. Whoever gets the nod we’ll be there to support each other – that’s the main thing.

“Hopefully [I’ve done enough]. One of my main targets was to play as much as possible in this tournament and to play every minute of the first three games is great for me and I don’t want to stop now. I want to carry on going.”

England defied pre-tournament narratives by being impressively solid in the group, keeping three clean sheets, but their array of attacking talents are yet to sparkle as they mustered just two goals and six shots on targets.

Phillips called on England to be braver on the ball against Germany and says he is personally determined to take more risks in possession.


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