Date: 13th January 2020 at 6:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

A few Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by the Daily Mail, which claimed England boss Gareth Southgate is considering calling Kalvin Phillips up for the March international friendlies.

Southgate was in attendance at Elland Road on Saturday as we lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, with the former Middlesbrough head coach checking on the 24-year-old’s development under Marcelo Bielsa.

Phillips could now be in contention for his Three Lions debut call-up, ahead of the national side’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark at Wembley Stadium in late March.

The defensive midfielder is yet to represent his national side at any level, having been overlooked for selection throughout the junior age ranges.

Phillips has been a mainstay of our first-team under Bielsa, with the Argentine only without the £30million star once in the Championship this season when he was suspended for accumulating five yellow cards.

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Phillips has been a key player under Bielsa this season, too, with no player recording more tackles (78) in the league than the academy graduate who ranks fourth for interceptions (32), second for shots (11) and passes (22) blocked and third for aerial duels won (56), per WhoScored data.

Bielsa was also only without Phillips four times in the second-tier last term, with the midfielder named only on the bench for two matches while also sitting out two through a red card suspension.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Phillips being considered for a potential England call-up after being scouted by Three Lions boss Southgate…

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