By Kevin Phillips

28th Aug, 2020 | 10:00am

'He'll be on top of the World' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts to big Leeds development

Kevin Phillips has hailed Gareth Southgate’s decision to call up Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips to the England squad.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 24-year-old will be “on top of the world” after hearing the news.

Phillips was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches, where he will potentially gain his first England cap.

The centre-midfielder hugely impressed last season and was integral to Marcelo Bielsa’s side winning the Championship.

He scored twice in 40 appearances for the Whites in all competitions and was watched on numerous occasions by Southgate last term.

When asked by Football Insider if the time is right for the Leeds-born midfielder to make his England debut, Phillips said: “I take my hat off to Gareth Southgate.

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“I have been in Kalvin’s position before and I think I was the very first, me and Michael Gray, to be picked for the England team from the Championship. It is an amazing feeling and he will be on top of the world.

“I have spoke very highly of him this season and he looks like a player that will handle the Premier League. He now has to step into that England environment and step up.

“Credit to Southgate though because any player that consistently performs, even in the Championship, has half a chance of getting in that squad. I hope he does very, very well.”

When speaking on Phillip’ selection, Southgate said: “He’s a player we’ve watched a lot in the last 12 months, in particular, with Leeds.

“They’ve had an outstanding way of playing and the position he plays is a position where we need competition for places. The way that he plays the role and the way he’s been coached in the role is clear to see.”

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been backed to beat Arsenal to 24-yr-old signing after Sky reveal.