By Nick Ware

19th Jun, 2021 | 1:10pm

Andy Goldstein wants Jack Grealish to replace Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips for England

TalkSPORT host Andy Goldstein has implored England manager Gareth Southgate to drop Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

Phillips, 25, has started both of England’s Euro 2020 group games so far, picking up the Man of the Match award in the opening win against Croatia before a more subdued performance in the disappointing 0-0 draw with Scotland on Friday.

Grealish, meanwhile, has been restricted to just one substitute appearance with The Three Lions, and there has been a clamour for him to be given an extended opportunity.

Speaking on talkSPORT [18/06/21], Goldstein and ex-Chelsea defender Jason Cundy debated the merits of having Phillips in the starting XI, with the former particularly hellbent on his exclusion for a more attacking player.

“If you’re not going to play him as a holding midfielder you can then incorporate Jack Grealish from the start,” Goldstein said.

“If Phillips’ job is to go up and let Rice sit, if I’ve got the option of Phillips or Grealish in my team, to squeeze them in, it’s going to Grealish.”


It’s been less than a week that all of these pundits and former players have hailed Phillips as a revelation following his display against Croatia, and now there are calls for him to be left out?

Football moves fast, especially international football. There are no loyalties.

After one draw the nation has got their claws back out to pick holes in England’s performances against the Scots, and there have been calls for sweeping changes.

Grealish hasn’t enjoyed the best of relationships with Leeds fans, but we can recognise a good player when we see one, and his inclusion in the England XI can only help the side.

However, that doesn’t have to be at the expense of Phillips.

Grealish always lined up on the left-hand side of midfield or attack, so to suggest he would come in and adopt a central role, and possibly Mason Mount drops back deeper, is pretty absurd.

We think Phillips and Grealish would thrive in the same team, and we certainly don’t want to see our midfielder dropped so soon after his Croatia heroics.

In other Leeds United news, Manchester United have reportedly made an early call to wield the axe on long-serving star v Whites for Premier League opener.