Phillips shining for Liverpool and England after excelling on his bike

Leigh Journal: Adam Phillips in his cycle speedway days Adam Phillips in his cycle speedway days

ADAM Phillips captained England under 16s football team against Brazil during the Nike International Tournament in Florida last week.

The former Astley and Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club rider figured in a 2-1 defeat before skippering England in a 5-1 loss against USA under 17s.

He bounced back as a goal scorer when England won their final game of the tournament, beating Portugal in a 4-3 thriller.

The 15-year-old has this season been a regular in Liverpool’s under 18s team, playing in midfield.

It was the move to the Reds from Blackburn Rovers’ Academy that led to him focusing on his football progress.

He had been racing for A&T for six seasons, following in the footsteps of his father Lee and his uncle, Martin.

Phillips’ grandfather, Bill, has been the A&T chairman for 14 of the past 17 years and his grandmother, June, won the Wigan Unsung Hero in Sport Award in 2012.

As well as Phillips being an excellent team rider for Team Green, he won three British individual titles in that time.

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