Leeds United holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been called up by England manager Gareth Southgate for the Nations League fixtures against Denmark and Iceland.
Congrats to #LUFC midfielder Kalvin Phillips who has been called up to Gareth Southgate's @England squad— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 25, 2020
Kalvin Phillips has come a long way under Marcelo Bielsa who has improved him immeasurably as a footballer. He did miss the last three games of the season with a knee injury but this is a sign that he is back to full fitness.
The prevailing wisdom among Leeds fans is that Phillips is a better player than Declan Rice (and as a Leeds fan I am inclined to agree) but him getting in the squad and playing Premier League football this year gives him a chance to prove it.
Kalvin Phillips what a goal #lufc pic.twitter.com/rcXaxVDaOq— zwodde (@zwoddeytb) July 4, 2020
This is no guarantee of a cap, but it is an excellent sign for his international prospects. If Kalvin Phillips gets on the pitch, he will be the first player to get a cap while at Leeds since Alan Smith made a substitute appearance on 31st March 2004 in a 1-0 defeat against Sweden.