By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

Phil Foden: Kalvin Phillips is the toughest England international

Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips has been named by Phil Foden as the toughest player in the England national team.

The 25-year-old midfielder has established himself as one of Gareth Southgate’s most important players, with his absence in the 1-1 draw against Hungary on Tuesday night greatly felt.

Phillips was unable to feature for England during this month’s World Cup qualifiers due to a knock, and Foden’s claim underlined how crucial the Whites ace is to the Three Lions’ play.

BT Sport asked some England international stars to mention the toughest player in the squad, and while many, including Phillips, went for Chelsea defender Reece James, the Manchester City attacker opted for his Leeds counterpart.

Telling!

Foden has trained with Phillips and played against him a couple of times, and he definitely made an informed decision choosing him as the toughest player in the group.

The draw against Hungary was crying out for the Leeds star, and Southgate would have been wishing he was available.

England clearly need Phillips if they are to win against some tough opponents, and a lot of people agreed that they could do with his services in the middle of the park at Wembley on Tuesday.

Leeds lost almost all of their matches that the midfielder missed last season, and Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping he is available when Premier League action resumes this weekend against Southampton.

Phillips is a key player for both club and country, and Foden recognises such a quality midfield enforcer when he sees one.

Hopefully, his critics can too going forward.

In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT host has mooted move to club with owners worth £320bn for Whites ace.