KALVIN PHILLIPS’ girlfriend Ashleigh Behan screamed at Aldi after the Leeds star told her he had been selected to play for England. The 25-year-old received a shock call from Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in August 2020 ahead of his star run at Euro 2020. Ashley, 25, admitted the heartwarming moment during a Q&A with her 23.1k followers on Instagram on Thursday evening.
She revealed: “So I was next to her in Aldi where I worked on my lunch when she FaceTime me while I was up. “I just screamed and cried immediately, I think the checkout guy thought I was mental hahaha”.
Phillips was a surprise inclusion in Southgate’s squad for the Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark. The midfielder had yet to play in the Premier League, with Leeds having won the Championship title just weeks earlier.
Phillips then made his debut for England in a 0–0 draw against Denmark in September 2020. Callow would swear he’s the next Gordon Ramsay but I’d say otherwise…no he’s not bad at all but he sticks to a recipe like its law! Southgate’s decision was vindicated as the player enjoyed an impressive first season in the Premier League, helping Leeds finish ninth.
He then starred for his country at the belated Euros that summer, leaving Jordan Henderson out of the squad after England reached the final. Phillips has reportedly been dating his childhood sweetheart Ashley since 2013, with the midfielder making his professional debut two years later.
Ashley revealed in her Instagram story: “We went to school together. “I have the most embarrassing pictures of us since we were nine years old.” The couple was denied the chance to spend time together during the Euros as Phillips had to live in a strict Covid-19 bubble with his teammates.
Reunited after the team suffered a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat by Italy, the players enjoyed a well-earned after party. Phillips then went on holiday to Mykonos, Greece with ex-Leeds team-mate Ben White and some colleagues.
The Yorkshireman will look forward to his first Premier League game of the season on Saturday when Leeds travel to rivals Manchester United.