By Danny Mills

16th Feb, 2020 | 5:09pm

'Exceptional' - Exclusive: Danny Mills drools over Leeds player who was the standout in win

Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips “would be in the England squad” if he was playing in the Premier League this season.

The former England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, had nothing but praise for the “exceptional” 24-year-old who had “all the attributes” a manager could want from a midfielder.

The central-midfielder has been the heartbeat of a United side currently second in the Championship and three points clear of third-placed Fulham.

Marcelo Bielsa’s dropped six points whilst the Englishman served a three-match ban for a red card received against Queen’s Park Rangers at the end of January.

Since Phillips returned to the side, The Whites have taken four points from a possible six against promotion rivals Brentford and Bristol City.

When asked to give his standout performer from Saturday’s win at Elland Road, Mills told Football Insider:  “Kalvin Phillips exceptional yet again. Him coming back into the side goes to show how he has been missed.

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“If he was at a Premier League side he would be in the England side. The only fact that he is not is because he is in the Championship.

“You do not know how good he will be when he makes the step up to the Premier League.

“But, if he had been playing like that in a Premier League team in the Premier League all season then definitely he would be in the England squad. He has all the attributes of a player you would want in that position.”

The Leeds born player has made 173 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 11 times and providing 10 assists.

With England manager, Gareth Southgate, open to the idea of uncapped players being in the squad for Euro 2020, Kalvin Phillips may be a surprise inclusion for the Three Lions.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown claims tensions may be high between Bielsa and new recruit.