David Seaman makes Kalvin Phillips claim after England draw
David Seaman has told the Seaman Says podcast that England’s draw with Hungary on Tuesday showed how important Kalvin Phillips is to Gareth Southgate’s side.
The Three Lions have a little more work to do to qualify for next year’s World Cup. They beat Andorra emphatically at the weekend.
But they failed to beat Hungary at Wembley. Southgate included a number of attacking players in the lineup with the Leeds star missing the break due to injury.
Unfortunately, the strategy did not pay off. Rice looked outnumbered at times and struggled to win the midfield battle.
And Seaman has suggested that the draw highlighted just how valuable Phillips now is to England’s side.
“I think that showed how much we missed him, because him and Declan Rice are the pillar in midfield,” he told Seaman Says.
“They look after everything, they look after each other as well. There was a few times where you’d see Declan Rice shouting around that he’d got nobody around him to help him. I think that’s where Phillips comes in really well.”
Phillips’ stock certainly rises in his absence as England toil
It did appear that the 25-year-old had silenced all of his doubters at Euro 2020. The Leeds star was absolutely outstanding as England reached the final.
However, there seemed to be a belief amongst some that Southgate’s side would be better off without Phillips given the amount of quality they boast in attacking areas.
There may be times when England benefit from having more of those final third game-changers.
But clearly, Phillips is crucial to the balance of the side. He definitely appears to bring the best out of Rice when the pair are alongside each other.
Leeds fans have known for some time that Phillips’ importance can sometimes only become abundantly clear when he is not available.
It seems England supporters have now learned a similar lesson.