Andy Hinchcliffe has backed Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips to receive an international call-up from England.
According to Phil Hay of The Athletic, Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has watched the 24-year-old several times this season. However, people close to the player believe the 49-year-old wants to see him play at Premier League-level.
Hinchcliffe is adamant the ace deserves a shot at the national team, despite the fact he hasn’t even received a call-up at any youth level.
He said: “In terms of England, he’s already playing a Premier League style of football. You’ll see his role being employed by Manchester City and others. He’s already thriving under a coach who would be at home in the Premier League.”
“He’s ready for that level and I’m one of many people who watch him who think he’s worth a go with England. His stats stack up very well and I don’t see many players in his exact position who look much better than him.” (Source: The Athletic)
Hinchcliffe isn’t wrong about Phillips already playing a top-flight ‘style of football’.
Against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, the defensive midfielder was on fire for the Whites as he completed the joint-most key passes in the game (via WhoScored). However, as a deep-lying midfield player, he didn’t forget his defensive responsibilities as he also had the most tackles of any player.
In comparison to Jordan Henderson, who plays in a similar position for runaway leaders Liverpool, the Yorkshire native comes out on top. He averages more tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks per games when compared to the England international.
While he may be playing in the second-tier of English football, the Leeds man has shown he can compete with the best. His stats make for pretty good reading and show an international call-up isn’t a far-fetched idea.
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