By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Jun, 2021 | 2:10pm

Gary Neville wants Kalvin Phillips to retain his England spot against Germany

England clash with Germany in the last-16 of the European Championship next Tuesday, and Gary Neville wants Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips to start.

The 25-year-old played every minute of the group stages, putting in impressive shifts as the Three Lions picked up two wins and a draw to top their group.

Given that the Germans are a whole different animal, manager Gareth Southgate could be forced to make some changes, with Jordan Henderson pushing for a start.

However, Neville would not tamper with the current midfield pairing, taking to Twitter to explain why Phillips and Declan Rice must start.

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We do not expect Southgate to drop Phillips, but the England boss can be sometimes unpredictable.

Henderson came off the bench to play the second-half against the Czech Republic as Rice’s replacement, and a new look midfield could be seen against the Germans.

Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan are two of the best midfielders on the planet, and England’s chances of winning at Wembley will depend on how their midfield fares.

While the Liverpool skipper is a veteran, he has played just twice in over three months and is not quite up to par yet.

His Leeds counterpart has established himself as a reliable partner alongside Rice, with both working in tandem so far.

England cannot afford to drop the Elland Road favourite right now, and we trust him to do a fine job against Germany.

The Leeds star has proven himself thus far and he can be expected to do well in the last-16 battle.

In other Leeds news, Graham Smyth claims Whites have tabled bid for teenager in ‘Fresh round of recruitment’.