Jorginho and Marco Verratti, the Italian midfield duo, will be England’s hardest test in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, according to England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
On their way to the final, the Italian two have developed a formidable partnership in the heart of Roberto Mancini’s team.
Coming up against the pair will be the ‘hardest’ challenge the Three Lions have faced, according to Leeds United midfielder Phillips.
Jorginho (left) and Marco Verratti (centre) have created a formidable midfield tandem, and Kalvin Phillips has admitted that facing them will be England’s “toughest” test yet. According to the Guardian, the 25-year-old said: “I’ve played against Jorginho.”
(He is) a fantastic player, particularly for Chelsea.
‘A player who is excellent on the ball and uses his body to get away from opponents.’
There will be numerous hurdles that Italy will provide to us.
‘Verratti is also a fantastic player.’
He’s someone I’ve always admired.
It’s as difficult as it gets with their two midfielders.
‘We know it’ll be a tough game,’ said the team.
Coming up against those two midfielders will be the most difficult test we’ve had.’ Phillips, on the other hand, has forged an excellent midfield partnership with Declan Rice of West Ham.
Over the likes of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham, the pair have started every game for Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Jorginho and Verratti form an impressive midfield tandem for Italy. They have offered defensive support in front of a backline that has only conceded one goal so far this tournament, but they have also proved they can push forward when needed and create penetrative passes.
‘Gareth is very focused on ‘us,” Phillips added.
‘He understands what Italy will be like and how they will play, but he’s focused on how we will play and how we can effect them,’ he said of Rice.
I didn’t know anyone when I initially arrived, and he was one of the first to greet me.
We’ve been friends since we first met.
‘I was aware that he played in my position, so I was aware that I would be competing against him.’
Over time, I’ve moved up a notch or two.
We need to collaborate.
That’s something Declan and I are quite good at.’