Alex McLeish has made the extraordinary claim Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has a “great chance” of becoming an England all-time great.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has followed Jamie Carragher’s gushing praise of the 25-year-old earlier this week by tipping the 25-year-old for huge things on the international stage.
Phillips, who has 188 games under his belt for Leeds to date, picked up four caps for England but has spent almost his entire career playing in the Championship.
In the three games he missed due to a shoulder injury, Leeds lost twice and conceded eight goals but they have kept two clean sheets in as many games since his return.
McLeish has lauded the midfield enforcer for his performances and tipped the homegrown Leeds star to become a standout player for the Three Lions.
McLeish told Football Insider: “Ever since we look back to the Brazilians winning the World Cup, the last time they won it was 20 years ago or so but Dunga, he started as one of the defensive midfielders of this world, in that holding midfield role.
“Then it became de rigueur, you know, the fashion of the week, but over the past 10 years – there’s been a lot of specialist players playing in that role.
“You would think Phillips has got a great chance of becoming one of the great English players in terms of the England team as well.”
Phillips made his England debut in the starting XI against Denmark earlier this year, while he also featured against Wales and Belgium.
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