With Stephen Carr departed and injuries to Mauricio Taricco and Stephen Kelly, Head Coach Jacques Santini didn't hesitate to throw the 17-year-old in at the deep end against Liverpool.
And Philip let no-one down with a confident, assured display up against Harry Kewell and Jon-Arne Riise down his right flank in the 1-1 draw.
"It was a great game to be involved in," reflected Phil back at Spurs Lodge.
"It was one of those games that when I was in the tunnel, I was looking around thinking 'wow'.
"I found out in the morning that I was playing so I didn't have too much time to think about it. It all happened so quickly - slept, woke up, pre-match meal and then we were out there.
"I thought it went well. In the first half I just had to get used to it and who I was playing against. I've seen Kewell and Riise playing in the Premiership for a few seasons now so I knew just about what to expect.
"It was difficult but once you get used to it you have to just play and play with no fear.
"At the end of the day it's a game of football and you are there for a reason.
"It's what you've worked hard for so you can't be afraid of getting the ball because everyone makes mistakes, that's part of the game. You make a mistake and get on with it."
Philip Ifil summed up his Premiership debut in one, simple word. "Wow."