Plenty of England players caught the eye with their displays but Mourinho identified City defender Walker as not only the best of the lot from the Three Lions but as the best at the tournament overall.
Despite Italy finishing as title winners, Mourinho told talkSPORT: "My player of the tournament was Kyle Walker. I think Kyle Walker was phenomenal. From the first minute of the competition until the moment he came off in the final he was phenomenal.
"He was giving cover to centre-backs on the opposite side. I don't remember him losing one single duel. He didn't go forward as much as he does in the club because of a strategy point of view.
"When I call a player an animal it is the best compliment I can do to a player. Kyle Walker – an absolute animal. For me, phenomenal. From the first to the last minute he was in that element."
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