By Saikat Mandal

6th Oct, 2021 | 7:32am

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips sends message after missing out on England duty

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has taken to Twitter to express his reaction after he was withdrawn from Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The 25-year-old midfielder has picked up a calf injury and he will miss England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been called up to replace Phillips in the side.

England FA have posted a tweet, saying – “Get well soon @kalvinphillips” to which the Leeds United midfielder replied – “Thank you, will be cheering on the lads at home”

Minor setback

Phillips is not only a key player for Leeds, but he has also become an important part of Southgate’s side since making his debut last year against Denmark.

The defensive midfielder started every game for England during the Euro Championships this summer and helped his side reach the final which they lost against Italy.

He was superb in the last few games for Leeds and played the entire 90 minutes in the 1-0 win against Watford on Saturday.

Graham Smyth of The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed yesterday that Phillips has suffered a minor setback and the club do not expect him to miss any of their games after the international break.

To be fair, Leeds fans will see it as a blessing in disguise. It’s not a major injury and Phillips will return to full fitness shortly.

He can use this time to refill his battery as Leeds will need him to be at the top of his game after the international game.

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