Having initially broke into Leeds first team in 2015, defensive midfielder Phillips has since gone on to become a key performer for the Whites, helping them gain automatic promotion to the Premier League last season.
Appearing 185 times so far for Leeds, Phillips has now broken into the England national side, appearing twice for his national team. After making his debut against Denmark in the Nations League last month, Phillips then featured for 90 minutes against Wales last night.
What has McLeish said about Phillips’ latest England performance?
Helping England to a 3-0 win over Wales in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings scored, Phillips has left former Aston Villa manager McLeish’s in awe following his display at Wembley.
“Is it not only because Gareth has got a short journey to go to Leeds from where he lives (Harrogate) and he’s trying to keep in with the locals?,” McLeish said to Football Insider.
“Phillips has been outstanding, every game you see him in, you know.
“When you see these guys getting the ball you’re excited and you see them doing something exciting, they don’t let you down.
“That’s the type of player Phillips is and these boys at Leeds have all learned the art of tracking back as well.
“It’s not just about pressing, it’s if people get beyond them they’re back at 100 miles an hour and if you don’t track back, you don’t get in Bielsa’s team, if you don’t track back, you don’t get into Guardiola’s team, Klopp’s team.
“They demand that and they will train the players to a level where they can cope with the fitness and not pick up injuries because they’re not used to that level of training.”
Phillips is now expected to feature in the coming Nations League games with Belgium and Denmark, before returning to the domestic fold with high-flying Premier League side Leeds.
Has Phillips done enough to be a consistent England starter?
The 0-0 draw against Denmark left little to the imagination for Gareth Southgate, but a 3-0 win over Wales in a game which a whole host of new faces in the England fold were handed a chance, is great news for the Three Lions.
The fact that Phillips played 90 minutes for the Yorkshire club says that Southgate is very keen on keeping him in the starting eleven as a holding midfielder.
Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance at club level is also key, and Southgate will no doubt be keen to utilise such as the next two Nations League games take place.
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