Gareth Southgate has cast doubt over Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips making his England debut against Iceland on Saturday.
The Three Lions boss claimed he has no hesitation over utilising the Yorkshire Pirlo, but that he wasn’t certain of his chances of starting the Nations League clash.
Phillips made history with the call-up, becoming the first Leeds player to represent England since 2004 and Alan Smith.
Southgate did imply that this won’t be a one-off, with Phillips earning many chances across the autumn period.
“The nice thing is that we have eight matches across the autumn and in an ideal world you would bring players in to help and settle into the group and adapt to the way that we play,” he responded, via Leeds Live.
“I am not certain we would start him tomorrow but I think we have got no hesitation about putting him into the team or bringing him into the game and he is one that we feel as the season progresses and he gets more Premier League experience, that he will adapt even more quickly.”
Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett shared an update on the team news ahead of the clash later on Saturday, and it didn’t sound good for Phillips.
Dorsett claimed that it was likely that Manchester City’s Phil Foden and West Ham’s Declan Rice would partner each other after the latter passed a fitness test.
With those two possibly starting, it does leave one spot in midfield but add Southgate’s comments on Phillips to that news and it appears highly unlikely that we will see him running out from the start in Iceland.
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