'Brilliant...I'm chuffed' - Exclusive: Top pundit reacts to huge Leeds development
Michael Brown has said he’s “delighted” that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has earned his first call up to the England senior squad.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder delivered his verdict as Gareth Southgate named a 24-man squad for England’s Nations League games against Denmark and Iceland in September.
Phillips, 24, who was not capped at any age group level for England is also eligible for Jamaica through his father.
Reggae Boyz boss Roy Simpson told the Mirror in August that he wanted the midfielder to be involved in Jamaica’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and he was considering an offer.
Phillips remains eligible for both nations until he plays a competitive game for one.
Asked by Football Insider what he though of Southgate’s decision to include Phillips for the first time, Brown said: “He’s a brilliant lad and I am absolutely delighted for him.
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“I’ve seen it the other day and I was like ‘Brilliant!’.
“It’s another step, everybody’s been looking at him regarding how he’s developed, how he’s played, the versatility, the amount of games he’s played.
“I’m chuffed for him, it’s a fantastic achievement.
“Now he’s going to be tested in the Premier League and it’s another challenge for him.
“He’s a great lad, great player and I’m delighted for him.”
Phillips played a key role as Leeds clinched the Championship title last season, playing 37 league games.
He missed the end of the season through a knee injury but should be fit when the Premier League season gets underway on September 12th when Leeds visit Liverpool.
Since making his debut in April 2015, Phillips has played 181 times for the Whites.
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