Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips could lose his place in England’s starting lineup to Jude Bellingham, according to talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham.
The Lowdown: Phillips becomes England regular
Phillips has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last 12 months or so, not only being loved by Whites supporters but also becoming a popular figure for England.
The 25-year-old was an integral performer at Euro 2020, helping the Three Lions to reach the final, and he was also named his country’s Player of the Year following his exploits at the tournament.
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Despite this feat, Durham has offered a bleak outlook on Phillips’ England future, although it’s worth noting that the pundit is renowned for his outspoken nature.
“I think Phillips is the fall guy. He’s done nothing wrong, but Bellingham is a better player. He’s proven it in the Champions League as well as a top league in Europe.
“The time for him to move on was this summer, as much as I’m a Leeds sympathiser. He had an incredible tournament. He’s done all he can at Leeds United.
“They’re not going to get better. Now there’s a big fuss ‘oh he can’t go to Manchester United’ and how it’s holding him back.
“He’s not 19 or 21 either, he’s not one of those youngsters.”
The Verdict: A key man moving forward
It is a bold claim to make from Durham, considering how influential Phillips has been in an England shirt in the recent past, forging a great understanding with Declan Rice at the heart of midfield.
Bellingham is clearly an outstanding prospect, but he is still only 18 years of age and is a more attack-minded midfielder than the Whites man.
On current form, Phillips is bordering on undroppable for England, and there is no reason why that should change for the time being, with manager Gareth Southgate hailing him as ‘huge’ in the past.
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