Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips will be left out of England’s team to face Germany at Euro 2020, according to former Three Lions striker Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Phillips impresses at Euro 2020
The 25-year-old has taken that form with him onto the international stage, shining for England at the Euros, particularly against Croatia in the opening game.
The Three Lions play Germany at Wembley in a huge last 16 clash this evening and Phillips will be hoping to start once again.
The Latest: Pundit claims Leeds star will be axed
Speaking to Football Insider, though, former England striker Phillips claimed that the Leeds hero would be left out at the expense of Jordan Henderson. He said:
“I want to see Kalvin Phillips play because we know he can handle the big occasion. He has showed that already in this tournament.
“But I have an inkling Gareth may go with Rice and Henderson. Jordan has played in massive games and is the captain of Liverpool and Gareth might be thinking about his experience. It wouldn’t surprise me if Kalvin makes way for Jordan in this game.
“It would be a shame, and a massive call, because he has been superb for England so far.
“I think he gave Jordan and Declan a half each against the Czech Republic to get them ready for this Last 16 game. It smells of Rice and Henderson to me.
“Phillips can be very proud of what he has done so far though, that’s for sure.”
The Verdict: Phillips must start
While Henderson is undoubtedly a top player and a great leader, it would be a poor decision by Gareth Southgate if he left out Phillips.
The midfielder’s tenacity will be key as he looks to unruffle Toni Kroos, who has the ability the dictate the pace of a game in the middle of the park.
Phillips has also done nothing to justify being left out and it would be strange for Southgate to break up the partnership of him and Declan Rice, both of whom have had good tournaments.
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