Phillips reveals how Southgate has reflected on Germany penalty miss
Posted On June 25, 2021
Kalvin Phillips described Gareth Southgate as relaxed and candid as the England boss reflected on his penalty miss at Euro ’96 in front of the squad.
After Group F climaxed with a pair of 2-2 draws on Wednesday, England’s Round of 16 opponents were confirmed: Germany.
Encounters between the two sides have long been fraught with tension, but this is a fixture that draws especially strong emotions from Southgate.
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25 years ago, his tame penalty in the semi-final shootout at Wembley proved decisive as the Germans advanced into the final of the Euros, which they would win against the Czech Republic.
While the trauma of such a miss has scarred him for life, Phillips has explained how Southgate has channelled his pain into positivity, placing an emphasis on penalty practice as England prepare for the knockout stages.
The Leeds midfielder told talkSPORT: “It was the first meeting we had when we got to Middlesbrough. He showed us what he wanted us to do at the camp and how we wanted to progress at the tournament.
“He mentioned that more or less every team that’s won it have had to go through a stage in the tournament where they’ve had to go to penalties.
“He showed the clips of him taking penalties and other teams before that and us [England] in the World Cup.
“Obviously he jokes about it now but he’s a manager that takes pride in doing the penalty shootout. He knows it’s massive in certain tournaments and this one especially.
“He’s spoken about it quite a lot and it’s nice to hear the experiences he’s been through. Hopefully, if we do go to penalties, we go one better.”
Having impressed with his dominant, energetic midfield displays during the group stages, Phillips is likely to retain his starting place for Tuesday’s clash.
The question marks lie elsewhere on the pitch, particularly in the forward areas, with Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka giving Southgate food for thought following their positive performances against the Czech Republic.
Phillips described Grealish as a joy to play alongside: “He’s a perfect teammate to play with because he gets you out of so many situations. The quality he’s got on the ball is scary.”