Kalvin Phillips took to Instagram to express his joy at earning his fifth England cap and his post was met with a number of gushing replies from Leeds United players.

Luke Ayling replied with “my hero” while Tyler Roberts, Ian Poveda and Raphinha all lined up to congratulate him, too.

On-loan Barry Douglas also responded as did former player Jay-Roy Grot, and Premier League rivals and England teammates Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings.

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Phillips seems a popular figure for both club and country, and like many Whites fans it seems his current and former teammates also love seeing him playing at the highest level.

Onwards and upwards

Phillips is going from strength to strength for both Leeds and England and we are really here for it.

To make five caps since September shows how effective he has been and Gareth Southgate is clearly a big fan.

That is likely because he adds something different to the Three Lions.

Declan Rice adds a defensive side to the England midfield, as does Jordan Henderson, but neither read the game as well as Phillips.

The £20,000 a week [Daily Mail] midfielder can sniff out danger with brilliant anticipation and that is very valuable at international level.

If he continues to impress, which he likely will, he will go to the Euros and may even be a starter.

That would represent a meteoric rise for Phillips, but judging by his teammates’ reaction it would be well deserved.

The only shame is that the likes of Ayling or Patrick Bamford did not join him in the England squad.

Imagining Phillips assisting Bamford for an England goal is a thought that fills us with a lot of joy.

In other Leeds United news, a key Whites player has returned to training following an enforced absence.


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