West Ham’s Declan Rice has congratulated Kalvin Phillips after the Leeds United midfielder earned his first cap for England on Tuesday night.

Phillips, 24, completed 76 minutes of England’s 0-0 draw against Denmark in the UEFA Nations League before being replaced by Jack Grealish, who also made his senior debut for the Three Lions in Copenhagen.

Not many England fans were impressed with Phillips’ performance in the drab goalless draw but Rice has been complimentary of his new international team-mate after they played alongside each other in Gareth Southgate’s midfield.

Rice, replying in the comments on Phillips’ latest Instagram post, said: “Fully deserved, bro! Many more to come.”

Tyler Roberts, Helder Costa, Pascal Struijk, Leif Davis and Luke Ayling were among the Leeds United players who congratulated Phillips for his international debut.

After the match, Phillips wrote on Instagram that it was an “immensely proud moment” for him to represent England, at any level, for the first time in his career.

As memorable a moment it was for Phillips, the midfielder’s performance for the Three Lions is not likely to last too long in the memory of those who watched the game.

That’s no fault of Phillips’ – it was an awful, drab affair that saw England have barely any clear opportunities to get on the scoresheet.

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If anything, Denmark were the better team.

Southgate experimented with his midfield on Tuesday night and opted to play both Phillips and Rice alongside each other.

It meant there was not much creativity away from the attacking players with Phillips not being able to pull the strings from deep like he has done at Elland Road for Marcelo Bielsa.

It just shows that Phillips might not be as effective under a different manager after performing so well in two years for the Argentine.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have tabled a huge bid for this player.


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