Glenn Hoddle has selected Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in his predicted England starting XI for the March internationals.
The England legend hasn’t found space for the impressive Patrick Bamford, who has been the standout player at Elland Road this season.
Gareth Southgate is coming up to his squad announcement, with the Three Lions set to entertain San Marino, Albania and Poland.
BT Sport asked Hoddle, Stephen Warnock and Rory Smith for their starting XI for that first clash against San Marino, sharing that on their official Twitter account.
Warnock also went for Phillips, but Smith (not a former professional) went for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice alongside Jordan Henderson instead.
Next month, @England are back in action, so we want to know…
Who makes your England starting XI right now? 🦁
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) February 12, 2021
Looking at Hoddle’s squad, it is hard to take it too seriously.
We all want England to do well, so we would put aside our rivalry with Manchester United to let Marcus Rashford, but no chance can he play at left-wing back.
Thankfully, he has played Phillips in the heart of midfield, and he has certainly proved himself worthy of that position this season in the Premier League.
Bamford is definitely the victim of stiff competition.
England have a wealth of options in the final third, but with the likes of Callum Wilson and Jamie Vardy not available to Southgate, he could definitely find himself in the squad.
With so-called easier games against San Marino and Albania, there would certainly be nothing to lose by throwing Bamford onto the bench to come out and make his senior debut.
It would be amazing to see both Phillips and Bamford on the pitch together.
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