Marcus Rashford sends Kalvin Phillips message after his sensational England display

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Marcus Rashford hailed England teammate Kalvin Phillips as "immense" following the midfielder's sensational display for the Three Lions in their 1-0 win over Croatia this afternoon.

Phillips provided the assist for Raheem Sterling's 57th-minute goal as Gareth Southgate's side beat their Euro 2020 Group D opponents.

The Leeds United midfielder was a hotly-debated selection choice from Southgate, much like Sterling, but didn't let his manager down in the Wembley sun.

Rashford, on the other hand, played 20 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute and took time after the match to send a message on social media to many's Man of the Match.

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Quoting a tweet from England's Twitter account, Rashford described Phillips as "Immense today."

It followed widespread praise for the no. 14, who ran the show in the middle of the park.

The 25-year-old seemed central to everything positive for the Three Lions, with his incisive passing and bursts forward often a threat, which is how the goal came about.

Although England started brightly, Croatia were knocking at the door either side of the break.

That didn't matter, though, as Phillips beat two men before playing a pass into Sterling, who tucked home past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic from the centre of the penalty area.

Phillips played a pivotal part in England's win, setting up Sterling to strike

Southgate's team selection, including Kieran Trippier at left-back, was considered controversial before kick-off but he was vindicated by full-time.

Declan Rice's inclusion allowed 'The Yorkshire Pirlo' to bound forward and make things happen in Croatia's half against a midfield containing Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic.

Post-match, Phillips told BBC Sport: "It was very enjoyable, it's really warm for a start – it took its toll on us towards the end of the game.

"Yeah, it was obviously a great result, very happy with the performance.

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"We know that there's two more group games left and we need to perform just as good as that if not better in the next two games."

When asked about his transition from the Championship to the European Championships in the space of 12 months, he responded in relaxed fashion.

"To be honest, I'm just laid back – that's the kind of person I am regardless of what's being thrown at me.

"I just try and take it in my path and relax as much as possible," he explained.

"I've got the team around me and the coaching staff around me to make me feel like that and anything can be possible."

Next up for England is a rousing clash with Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

The Tartan Army play their first game of the tournament tomorrow against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.

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