Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he would be very proud of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips should he earn an international call-up for England’s upcoming friendlies.
The Whites’ head coach claims it isn’t an easy achievement, with recent reports claiming that Gareth Southgate is considering the 24-year-old for games against Italy and Denmark in March [Daily Mail].
Bielsa won’t be suggesting that Southgate calls up Phillips though, as he admitted that was one thing he didn’t like managers doing whilst he was in charge of Chile and Argentina.
Southgate was present at the 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, and although that wasn’t the best performance, he has been superb since.
“Everyone at the club and associated with him would be very proud,” he said, via Adam Pope.
“It’s not easy to achieve. But I didn’t like other managers suggesting which players I should pick when in charge of Chile and Argentina so I won’t either.”
Southgate made the decision to call up Mason Mount last season during his time with Derby in the Championship, and Phillips is in a different level to that this campaign.
The 24-year-old was forced off with an injury against Reading recently, but it should have no say on his international future, with Bielsa confirming that he is optimistic he won’t miss any games.
Bielsa is optimistic that both Casilla (hand) & Phillips (calf) will overcome the pain to play at Boro. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) February 25, 2020
Phillips has been outstanding this season. Comparing him to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson who is considered one of the best midfielders in the country via WhoScored, you can see just how outstanding the Yorkshire Pirlo has been.
Phillips completes more tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks than the England captain does per game, and could solve a problem that England have had in holding midfield for the past few years.
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