Paul Robinson wowed by Kalvin Phillips as Leeds United ace shines for England again
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Kalvin Phillips has made himself one of the first names on the team sheet for England, according to ex-Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
With Declan Rice injured during this international break, 25-year-old Phillips started both of England’s wins over Albania and San Marino as Gareth Southgate’s side secured qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
On both occasions, he was among the first players substituted off by Southgate and Robinson feels that’s because the manager is trying to keep him as fresh as possible.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about Phillips’ displays for England, Robinson said: “I thought he played well.
“I think you can see where he is in the pecking order now that he’s one of the ones who’s substituted when the game is over.
“You saw at the first round of substitutions it was, ‘job done, save your legs with the rest of the season in mind’.
“Southgate’s formation looks pretty set and that’s the way he’s going to play at the World Cup with Kalvin Phillips one of the automatic picks.
“[Jordan] Henderson played well but it doesn’t matter how well he plays, Southgate’s two are Rice and Phillips. It doesn’t matter what form Henderson’s in, the way that the Rice and Phillips partnership is, that’s the two.”
Phillips has played 11 times in all competitions for Leeds this season, missing three Premier League matches due to injuries.
The Leeds midfielder is prone to a setback or two so he’s someone who Marcelo Bielsa and Southgate will both want to monitor to ensure he can start as many games for club and country as possible.
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