Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips wants to hold talks with manager Marcelo Bielsa about his international future, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The 24-year-old qualifies to play for both England and Jamaica at the highest level, and it is understood that the latter have made official contact over the prospect of him representing them.
And it would appear that Phillips is considering the offer, at the very least.
Writing on his personal Twitter account on Sunday, Nixon said: “Leeds.
“Kalvin Phillips wants talks with Bielsa about his international future.
“Jamaica very serious as revealed.
“But needs to know if this would be a disruption to playing in Prem this season. Priorities”.
Leeds. Kalvin Phillips wants talks with Bielsa about his international future. Jamaica very serious as revealed. But needs to know if this would be a disruption to playing in Prem this season. #priorities
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 9, 2020
Obviously, this is a big decision for Phillips to make, and only he will know how he feels about representing Jamaica compared to England.
But if we were the ones advising him on what to do, we would urge him to bide his time just a little longer.
It was always going to be difficult for him to get the nod for England while he was playing in the Championship, but he still performed well enough to catch the attention of Gareth Southgate, who has openly admitted that he is already considering Phillips for a potential role in his European Championship squad for next season.
Now that Phillips is in the Premier League, you would expect things to be a little easier for him in terms of securing a spot in the national team, and if he can do that, then it would surely be more preferable than playing for Jamaica.
That’s no disrespect to the Jamaican national team, but you would expect England to consistently play at a higher level than them, and it would be less disruptive to his domestic duties with Leeds.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made an approach for this English midfielder.