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Former England captain Tony Adams reserves special praise for Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice after Euro 2020 win over Germany


Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips impressed as England beat Germany at Euro 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Tony Adams hailed Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice after England secured a 2-0 victory over Germany to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals – and admitted he wished he had the midfield duo protecting him back in 1996.

A pair of well-taken strikes from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in the final 15 minutes at Wembley booked the Three Lions a place in the next round and Gareth Southgate’s men will do battle with Ukraine for a semi-final spot this weekend.

Phillips and Rice have started all four of England’s matches thus far and shone at the heart of the midfield once again as the hosts kept Germany at bay to maintain their 100 per cent clean sheet record at the tournament.

There were calls for one or both to be replaced after a pair of yellow cards before the break but Southgate held his nerve and waited until the 68th minute to make his first substitution as Jack Grealish came on for Bukayo Saka.

Ex-England skipper Adams reserved special praise for Rice and Phillips (Picture: Getty)

And while Rice was eventually taken off for Jordan Henderson in the dying moments, the West Ham favourite was widely praised for his all-action performance which helped ease the pressure on Southgate’s three-man defence of Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones.

After the win, an emotional Southgate sent a touching message to his Euro 96 teammates and Adams – who was on the losing side against Germany 25 years ago – took to Twitter to applaud the displays of England’s midfield axis.

‘Congratulations to Kalvin and Declan who put up a fantastic wall of defence today and enabled us to keep another clean sheet,’ the legendary ex-England and Arsenal captain told his 65k followers.

‘Wish I had that screen in 96.’

Speaking shortly after England’s victory, Rice said the squad had ‘created our own bit of history’ by seeing off Germany in such an impressive manner to set up a quarter-final clash with Ukraine.

‘It’s history, all the players have been asked about the previous games with Germany but today we created our own bit of history,’ the West Ham youngster told BBC Sport.

‘Gary Neville was saying these things don’t come round often and we took the most of that opportunity and it was a pleasure to be out there.

‘It’s incredible. A lot of people, if you look at the group stage, have written us off not scoring enough goals, you read a lot of it then put it to the back of your mind and want to prove people wrong.

‘Tonight in front of a full house, everyone had that fire in their belly. For one, knock Germany out and two, get us through to the next round.’


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