'Big choice' – Exclusive: Pundit reacts to news of 'shock approach' for Phillips from int'l side
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has said that Kalvin Phillips should play for whichever country he feels is right after it was reported that Jamaica have asked Leeds permission to approach him.
The Sun’s Alan Nixon said it was a “shock approach” by the Jamaican federation.
Robinson believes that Phillips is good enough to play for England and said he wasn’t too far off selection in the 19/20 season.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I think Kalvin Phillips has got a really good chance of playing for England. I don’t think he was too far off this season.
“I think where your allegiances lie – if he’s eligible to play for two then you play for the country that you feel you’re from.
“I was born in England and I consider myself English. If my grandparents were another nationality I don’t think I could have played for another country. That’s my country.
“When it comes to Kalvin Phillips I don’t think it’s a case of waiting for a country to say you can play for them, it’s a case of playing for the country that you feel you’re from and that you want to play for.
“If Jamaica do want him to play for them then he’ll have a big choice because I think England will definitely want him to play for them.
“Saying that, I don’t think you pick the best country you’re eligible for, you pick the country that feels right to you.”
The Euro 2020 finals now play out next summer and we think Phillips will stand a very good chance of being selected to play for England by Gareth Southgate before then.
Playing in the Premier League should remove the last barrier to selection and if he puts in the sort of performances that we’re used to, it’s surely only a matter of time before that call comes.
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