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Paul Robinson has said that Gareth Southgate is to blame for England’s negativity not Kalvin Phillips.
Phillips has started the last two games for his country but has suffered abuse from England fans on social media.
Robinson said that Phillips is “still very juvenile” as far as his international career goes but claims that he is set for a long period of success in an England shirt.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “The way the manager wants to play and set-up… that isn’t Kalvin Phillips’ fault.
“I don’t think Southgate should be playing two defensive midfielders in the side when we’ve got this much attacking talent but that’s not Phillips’ fault.
“I don’t think Kalvin Phillips did anything wrong at all, I thought he had two good performances for England.
“I thought he played well. I wouldn’t level any criticism at him and I think that’s unfair from England fans.
“He’s still very juvenile in his international career and he’s got a lot to learn, but I think he’s got a long England career ahead of him.
“Games like this will only be good for him.
“If there is any criticism then I think he’s been a victim of the system the manager has chosen to play.”
We don’t think that Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips should be playing in the same team and we don’t think it does Phillips any favours.
However, if Southgate chooses one to start in the Euros it’s likely to be Rice.
As for criticism of Phillips… we think it’s just showing an ignorance of football and the contribution made by deep-lying midfielders.
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