By Olly Allen

20th Nov, 2021 | 6:10pm

Leeds star Kalvin Phillips reveals how England training has made him a better player

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has revealed how being part of the England national team squad has made him a better player.

The 25-year-old earned his first Three Lions call-up in September 2020 and made his debut against Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.

He has since gone on to earn 19 caps and was a vital part of the side that reached the final of the European Championships in the summer.

In an interview with Soccer AM, Phillips was asked whether he thought being part of Gareth Southgate’s squad had improved his game.

“I think so,” he said. “Just training with the quality they’ve got. I can remember my first session. We did possession and I think was just stood in the middle just like ‘what the hell am I doing here?’.

“I think when you train with players like that it does take your game to another level and you know what it takes to be at their standard.”

Three Lions star

Phillips has gone from strength to strength since Leeds won promotion to the Premier League last year and that has coincided with his rise in the England squad too.

12 months ago, not many people outside of West Yorkshire would have thought the midfielder would go on to start every game at Euro 2020.

Playing with the Three Lions has undoubtedly helped the Yorkshire Pirlo, as he has formed a strong partnership with Declan Rice and been able to learn off the experienced Jordan Henderson.

However, it could also be said how Phillips’s involvement with England may lead to him departing Elland Road.

He is showcasing his talent on the biggest stage of all, which will inevitably lead to more transfer interest in him.

In addition, playing and training alongside individuals who regularly compete for trophies and in European competition is likely to only increase Phillips’s appetite to do the same.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been handed a boost in their pursuit of one midfield transfer target.