'Phenomenal', '100%' - Many Leeds fans delighted by news about Phillips & White
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Leeds United duo Ben White and Kalvin Phillips are being monitored by the national side.
The Three Lions boss has been present at Elland Road this season, watching the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the campaign.
England were meant to play their European Championship game against Croatia on Sunday but instead will have to wait until 2021.
Southgate has admitted that gives the Leeds duo a better chance of making the Championships next year.
“It could be a Ben White, who has been on loan at Leeds, or a Kalvin Phillips, that haven’t played Premier League football yet,” he told the Independent.
“Those sorts of players could come into the frame. We’re always open to what it looks like.”
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Yes, both Phillips and White haven’t played in the Premier League yet. They now have the chance to get a year’s worth of top-flight experience.
Leeds are currently nine games away from promotion, and more importantly the Premier League.
Both have proven they can play against top-flight sides this season, dominating Arsenal in the FA Cup clash back in January.
There are no guarantees that White would be still at Elland Road next season, but Andrea Radrizzani has confirmed that he will be placing an offer to turn that into a permanent switch.
Many Leeds fans have reacted to Southgate’s recent quotes, and have claimed that both should be in the England squad next year.
MOT Leeds News have picked out the best reactions below:
Both will be Leeds players next summer and in the England squad 🤩 @andrearadri 🙌🏽
— Seán (@ROI_LUFC) June 14, 2020
White is a phenomenal player as good as anything in there already only problem he’s got is proving that at top level as hasn’t had the chance as yet!
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) June 14, 2020
Go on! Both top players and hopefully we will sign Ben. Just give brighton what they ask for he will be worth every single penny.
— Mathyew (@Unscrupleeds) June 14, 2020
Playing for England will be a step down for them both. Going from Bielsa to Southgate.
— Billy Elliott (@billyelliott86) June 14, 2020
Barring any injuries… I can’t imagine White and Phillips not being in the squad for that tournament.
— James/Jim Mason (@HeyJMason) June 14, 2020
If we actually do get promoted this season KP will 100% be in that Euro squad next year. Depends on who White is playing for, but he’s already better than Stones and Mings so should also be in there..
— Ashley Johnson (@AshJohnson20) June 14, 2020
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