Jamie O'Hara: Lingard should be in England squad over Leeds United ace Phillips
Jamie O’Hara claims Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips should not be in the England squad over Jesse Lingard – even though they play in different positions.
On Tuesday, Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships was confirmed with Lingard, 28, finding himself omitted despite a stunning loan spell at West Ham.
Ex-Tottenham midfielder O’Hara claims Lingard should have made the squad over Phillips, 25, but a Leeds fan who was calling in to talkSPORT put the pundit in his place.
“Let’s be honest, Lingard should be in front of Kalvin Phillips,” said O’Hara, as shown in a clip on the talkSPORT Twitter account.
James replied by saying: “Different positions though.”
O’Hara then took a moment before replying: “They’re playing in midfield but if you’re taking four right-backs, you’re not playing all of them.
“I think you’ve got to take people who are going to make a difference. In my opinion, what does Kalvin Phillips do that Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson can’t do?
The talkSPORT caller then said: “Henderson shouldn’t be going really. He’s not played in the last three or four months.”
O’Hara said: “He’s a captain though. He’s a leader, he’s won the Champions League. He goes but for other reasons.”
👀 O’Hara: “Let’s be honest, Lingard should be ahead of Phillips.”
🤔 James: “Different positions though?”
😬 O’Hara: “What does Phillips do that Bellingham, Henderson & Rice can’t do?”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 1, 2021
O’Hara is surely just saying absolute rubbish to provoke a reaction from listeners on talkSPORT because there’s no way he thinks that his reasoning adds up.
Phillips had a superb season for Leeds as they finished ninth in the Premier League.
Not only can he play as a holding midfielder but he can also slot into the defence and have a huge impact on the team’s possession due to his impressive range of passing.
O’Hara has then claimed he’s in a similar boat to Lingard and Bellingham, who play further up the pitch.
Lingard deserves to be in the England squad – we agree. But don’t start saying Phillips should have been the one to miss out for the Manchester United attacker when Southgate is naming four right-backs because he cannot make a big decision to leave one of them out.
Southgate’s squad selection isn’t great, let’s be honest.
But there are more flaws in it than the fact Phillips has been named.
The Leeds midfielder has done well in the seven appearances he’s made for England to date and there’s no reason why he cannot shine against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in the group stages this summer.
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