Kalvin Phillips’ involvement with the England squad should give the Leeds United midfielder the confidence to rocket to the next level according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England full back believes Phillips will learn “an awful lot” from training with better players.
The 24-year-old was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.
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Phillips was named on the bench against Iceland on Saturday night and was not called upon as the Three Lions secured a 1-0 win thanks to a Raheem Sterling penalty.
Asked whether Phillips return to Thorp Arch a better player, Mills said: “Absolutely. It’s very, very nerve wracking the first time you go away with England.
“Your playing with idols, peers, whoever it might be that you’ve grown up watching.
“And suddenly you’re in amongst it and you’re training with the best of the best.
“As long as you keep your feet on the ground, you go back and you learn an awful lot. You learn a lot from the manager, from coaches and from better players as well.
“It should give him the confidence and belief because he deserves to be there and he can go to the next level.”
Since making his Leeds debut in April 2015, Phillips has played 181 times across all competitions for the whites.
Last summer the midfielder almost completed a move to Premier League side Aston Villa before deciding to stay at Elland Road.
He played 37 league games last season as Leeds secured the Championship title and returned to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.