About a week after England manager Gareth Southgate gave Leeds United lynchpin Kalvin Phillips his first call up to the national team, he’s now handing him his first ever start.
Congratulations to @Kalvinphillips who will make his first start for @England tonight! pic.twitter.com/IeuybYrKL2— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 8, 2020
After not appearing in England’s 1-0 victory against Iceland on Saturday, the deep-lying midfielder will be expected to solidify the center of the park against Denmark alongside Declan Rice in the midfield.
The call up was not only Phillips first senior call up, but also his first invitation to any part of the England national team setup.
Two debutants in the #ThreeLions starting line-up tonight!— England (@England) September 8, 2020
Congratulations, lads pic.twitter.com/N1hUpqcu1m
Phillips, who was born in Leeds and has been with United since 2010, will be making his England debut days before his anticipated Premier League debut on Saturday against Liverpool.
Phillips flourished under Marcelo Bielsa’s managerial leadership in the Championship the past two seasons, and will look to continue his fine run of form for both club and country.