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‘What a guy’: Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas hail Leeds 24-year-old after exciting announcement

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‘What a guy’: Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas hail Leeds 24-year-old after exciting announcement

Leeds United defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been called up to the England squad for the first time in his career, prompting congratulations from Elland Road colleagues.

The 24-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate’s 24-man squad for the Three Lions’ opening Nations League fixtures next month.

England, who’ll be playing for the first time since November, travel to Iceland on Saturday, September 5, before facing Denmark on Tuesday, September 8.

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Phillips was truly sensational for Whites last season, his high-calibre displays helping the Elland Road side to the Championship title and a return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.

The Leeds-born ace was given his debut at by Neil Redfearn in 2014 and spent his formative years in the first team as a central midfielder.

Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road in the summer of 2018 saw Phillips pushed further back in the formation, developing into the indispensable player he is today.

 

Liam Cooper was one of the Leeds players who congratulated the hometown hero on Twitter:

As was Stuart Dallas:

Phillips made 40 appearances for Leeds in all competitions last season, claiming two goals and two assists, and has clocked up 181 competitive senior appearances for the Whites overall.

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