Leeds United academy midfielder Alfie McCalmont has once again been called up to the Northern Ireland senior squad.

That’s according to Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross, who claimed the youngster has been going from “strength-to-strength” with his national side.

Northern Ireland complete their international duty on Monday evening with a game against Norway, although McCalmont is unlikely to feature.

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McCalmont completed 80 minutes for his country on Friday evening, as their under-21 side cruised to a 2-0 victory against Malta.

It would complete an amazing summer for the 20-year-old, who has also put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal at Elland Road.

The midfielder has yet to make any impact in pre-season for the Whites though and has had an on-and-off year on the pitch.

Marcelo Bielsa has compared McCalmont to Kalvin Phillips, and told the club he spent lockdown watching hours of footage of the youngster and his style.

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Why could McCalmont have been called up?

Yes, he definitely has the ability and has been there before in training with the senior squad, but he didn’t make the official call-up.

Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough did admit that he was wrapping up certain players in cotton wool, including Stuart Dallas, ahead of their clash with Norway and that could have opened a space for McCalmont.

The 20-year-old also has a loan move to UD Ibiza on the table, and an eye-catching end to the international break could tempt the Whites to keep hold of their talent for the upcoming season.

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