Some Leeds fans think one Elland Road player has just 'added an extra £10m onto his price tag'
Plenty of Leeds United fans believe that the whole of England has finally seen just how important Kalvin Phillips is for club and country.
The 25-year-old has 17 caps for the Three Lions, earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad following his efforts for Leeds during 2020-21.
Phillips played every game for England at Euro 2020, forging a fine understanding with Declan Rice and helping the nation reach the final.
However, the England player of the year was absent for their latest World Cup qualifiers due to injury.
And against Hungary, England really missed Phillips as they laboured to a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Southgate opted for a midfield trio of Rice, Phil Foden and Mason Mount, but all three struggled to impact on the game.
England fell behind to Roland Sallai’s 24th-minute penalty following Luke Shaw’s foul, but equalised through John Stones.
Although the Three Lions remain top of Group I and in pole position to reach Qatar, there’s no doubting they delivered a disjointed display.
Here is what some Leeds fans made of England’s display without Phillips:
So are we all now agreed that Kalvin Phillips is an essential component of England’s midfield and you don’t know what you have until he’s not there? Us #lufc fans could have told you all that! #ENGHUN— Mark Hollings (@markydh) October 12, 2021
It didn't work. Why won't any of you pundits just admit how important Kalvin Phillips is to the team…— LUFC Dale 💙💛 (@DaleAndrewB) October 12, 2021
Dare I say it… yeah I dare.. England are missing Phillips 💁🏼♀️ tell me I’m wrong 😏 #ENGHUN— Carla 🌈💙💛 (@carla_lufc88) October 12, 2021
They won’t like to admit we missed Phillips tho. Too big a pill to swallow. Rice and Phillips works so well. Shaw was pretty advanced but hardly seen Walker get past that halfway line. With Phillips and Rice there gives everyone confidence to push on as they will cover— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) October 12, 2021
Find it amusing that “experts” now saying why playing @Kalvinphillips is so important for @England, after watching that poor performance, when they all pick teams without him in it when asked. You don’t know what you’re missing until it’s not there. #lufc #mot #kalvin #2DMs— KS (@LUFC76ALAW) October 12, 2021
That isn't a Ferrari..so passive,slow and negative and the balls into the box were abysmal..Kalvin Phillips reputation went up tonight because he wasn't playing..very poor..but you know,next time will be better..football.— andrew bottomley (@andrewoa33) October 12, 2021
Kalvin Phillips has made himself first name on the World Cup team sheet and added an extra 10m onto his price tag without even playing tonight.— Ben Hollins (@hollins_ben) October 12, 2021
England need four points from their final two games – a home game with Albania and trip to San Marino – to guarantee a spot in the World Cup finals.
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