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Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips responds to pundit’s bold claim on his future England prospects

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Kalvin Phillips has been key to Leeds United’s strong start to this year’s league campaign, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side sat second in the Championship table. 

There have been some calls from pundits and the Elland Road faithful that Phillips should be rewarded with a call-up to the England senior team

Speaking on Sky Sports’ EFL Podcast (quotes sourced from the Yorkshire Evening Post), Phillips insisted that he isn’t thinking about a call up to the England squad at the moment.

“I don’t really think of ‘owt’ like that.

“Obviously I watch England all the time and I put myself in that situation where I think I could play in the England set-up.”

Phillips went on to admit that he is keen to play for England in the future, and revealed that the praise from Leeds supporters encourages him to work even harder to improve.

“With great work you get the reward of playing for England. I know I’ve got to keep playing the way I am and one day, hopefully I can play for England.

“I’ve got a lot of Leeds fans tweeting me, asking when I’m going to play for England. I take it as a pat on the back, a compliment, it fuels me to try even harder.”

Leeds will be hoping to improve on a frustrating end to last season, when the Whites were beaten by Derby County in their play-off semi-final.

A recent dip in form will have the Elland Road faithful concerned that they could suffer a similar dip in form to what they endured in last year’s campaign.

Phillips and his Leeds team-mates are next in action on Saturday when they take on QPR at Loftus Road, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

The Verdict: 

I’m not surprised to hear Phillips remaining grounded despite recent calls for him to receive an England call-up.

The midfielder has been hugely impressive for Leeds this season, and I think he’ll be in contention for a spot in the England senior team in the future, but it might be too soon at the moment.

It’ll be interesting to see if Phillips is still with Leeds if he is to receive a call-up to the England team.


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