Paul Robinson unsure if Leeds United ace Phillips will start for England on Sunday
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Paul Robinson claims Kalvin Phillips’ game-time for England at the Euros depends on whether or not Gareth Southgate plays with two holding midfielders.
Phillips, 25, is one of three deep-lying midfielders in Southgate’s squad with West Ham’s Declan Rice and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson joining him.
England kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday but Robinson is unsure about whether Leeds’ Phillips will start.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I don’t [think Phillips will start on Sunday], I think Rice is ahead of him.
“It’s going to be very difficult for him to get game-time.
“He will get game-time but it depends if he plays two holding midfielders. If he plays two, he’ll play alongside Rice but if he plays once, I think Rice will play.”
Phillips has earned eight caps so far for England and has impressed almost each time he has taken to the pitch with the Three Lions on his chest.
Of course, there have been other fans who have criticised the Leeds midfielder but the regular slating is unfortunately just a part of being an England player.
Phillips has a bit to prove after his call-up caused some heads to turn but at the end of the day, we have to trust that Southgate has made the right call because the team really could have done with a bit more attacking talent in the midfield.
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