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Leeds midfielder Phillips happy for Rice over West Ham success

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is 'happy' for his England midfield partner Declan Rice, who is having another fine season with West Ham.

The pair played a pivotal role in England reaching their first senior men's international tournament final since 1966.

But England unfortunately fell at the final hurdle, losing to Italy on penalties at Wembley.

On Rice, Phillips said: "I love playing with Declan.

"We're two very similar players but work in different ways when we play together.

"Declan is almost a protector in front of the back four and I'm almost a dog that goes running after people that have got the ball.

"Declan is a very good player and you can see what he's done this season with West Ham, the way he's playing.

"He's only going to get better and I'm very happy for him."

Phillips has had to make do without Rice during November's international break, with the Hammers man pulling out through illness.

England can book their place at next year's World Cup tonight with a win over San Marino.

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