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Richard Cresswell claims Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips should be in England squad

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Richard Cresswell claims Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips should be in England squad

Ex-Leeds United striker Richard Cresswell insists that current Elland Road star Kalvin Phillips should be in the England squad.

The 23-year-old is currently a major favourite under manager Marcelo Bielsa and has started every Championship game so far this season.

Phillips has come through the academy ranks at the Yorkshire giants and now played 154 first-team games for them.

The central midfielder has developed into a top player in England’s second-tier, but most people believe he’s already good enough to be in the top-flight.

He is a deep-lying playmaker that dictates play from the base of midfield with his great awareness and passing, but is combative too and is a strong tackler.

Cresswell, who was previously head of academy coaching at Leeds last year, claimed on his personal Twitter account that Phillips should already be in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.


TBR’s View:

Phillips is a naturally gifted midfielder that is unlikely to get anywhere near the England squad while still playing in the Championship, but that would surely change if he got some minutes in the Premier League.

England fell to a 2-1 defeat against Czech Republic on Friday night, with the midfield duo of Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson struggling to dictate play.

It would be great to see Phillips try impose himself against elite opponents and the plan is for Leeds that he will do just that next season after a promotion-winning year.

He’s going to be crucial in promotion hopes for Bielsa’s team and someone with his ability should be eyeing an England call-up in the future.

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