Leeds United employee hits out after what he's seen from Kalvin Phillips - 'get away'
Noel Whelan has insisted Kalvin Phillips needs to “completely switch off from football” ahead of pre-season at Leeds United after playing for England.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and club ambassador insisted the Nations League games had not done the 26-year-old and his teammates “any favours”.
Phillips featured in all four of the Three Lions’ matches, including the full 90 in Tuesday’s defeat to Hungary.
Whelan took a swipe at the scheduling of the games, insisting the Leeds United star and his international teammates looked “very tired and fatigued”.
He suggested Phillips needs a total break from football before returning to pre-season.
Asked if too much was asked of the likes of Phillips, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yes. Too many games full stop, in my opinion. I think they probably could have done without any of those games quite frankly.
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“It’s been a really long, arduous season, especially for the international players. Especially coming off the back of a European Championship as well, getting to the final playing every single game. Then going straight into pre-season and into Premier League football, and then all the way through the season.
“Whether you’re in mid-table, whether you’re vying at the top as the Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man United players are, it’s a long season. I think we saw a very tired, fatigued England team over those three or four games.
“I don’t think we can read too much into it. What you can read into it is that these boys need a break. They need to completely switch off from football, they need to rest their bodies and minds.
“They need that little break away from the game. I don’t think these games have done them any favours whatsoever. Yes, it is always great to get into the swing of it but these boys have played a lot of minutes.
“There’s a lot of football in those legs and in that brain of theirs right now. They need that time to get away from it.”