Manchester City star Kalvin Phillips created a memorable moment for a young England fan, despite facing challenges in his City career.
Phillips, who has struggled to secure playing time ahead of Rodri at City, was selected by England manager Gareth Southgate for international duty.
Ahead of the match against Australia, Phillips shared a heartwarming interaction with a young fan, as captured in the video below.
Love this from Kalvin Phillips. ❤️
Such a simple gesture and a small act of kindness but that kid will never forget this moment.
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) October 11, 2023
When signing autographs at England’s St. George’s Park training base, Phillips was asked to partake in a game of Rock, Paper Scissors by a young fan who was trying to get his hands on the player’s training shirt.
Phillips ended up winning the game but proceeded to take off his training top and handed it to the fan.
The video was posted on social media with a caption that read: “Kalvin Phillips definitely gets it. We had the privilege of going to meet the England players after training at St George’s Park & @Kalvinphillips made sure FBB young person Mlu had a moment he’ll never forget.
“Shout out @nikefootball & @england for the amazing opportunity!”
Speaking about Phillips’ struggles at City, Guardiola recently said: “Marcelo [Bielsa] gave Kalvin the best of Kalvin in his career.
“I’d love to have done with Kalvin what Marcelo has done to him. We have our own specific way to play and [he] sometimes struggles in a few things, while the previous [Leeds playing style] was perfect [for him].”
He continued: “The club spoke with him because he did not have many minutes. He said ‘no, I want to stay’.
“We brought Kalvin here for his quality. He is open minded, always wants to learn and wants to help. This is what we want to try to do.”
As a result of his lack of minutes, Phillips has attracted interest from the likes of Newcastle United and Everton ahead of the January transfer window.