Leeds United news: Pundit shares bold Kalvin Phillips prediction after Sky update
Kevin Phillips has tipped England manager Gareth Southgate to drop Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips against Germany.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed Southgate’s substitutions in the 1-0 win over Czech Republic hinted at Jordan Henderson’s selection in the Last 16.
Phillips played the whole 90 minutes of England’s last group game with Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson each playing a half beside him.
According to Sky Sports (28 June), Mason Mount and Phil Foden are both in contention to return to the starting XI, despite the former having been in isolation for the last week.
Phillips suspects Southgate will opt for Henderson’s experience against Germany.
“You cannot play all three,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
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“I think Gareth would get a barrage of abuse if he went that defensive. At the end of the day, we want to win the match.
“I want to see Kalvin Phillips play because we know he can handle the big occasion. He has showed that already in this tournament.
“But I have an inkling Gareth may go with Rice and Henderson. Jordan has played in massive games and is the captain of Liverpool and Gareth might be thinking about his experience. It wouldn’t surprise me if Kalvin makes way for Jordan in this game.
“It would be a shame, and a massive call, because he has been superb for England so far.
“I think he gave Jordan and Declan a half each against the Czech Republic to get them ready for this Last 16 game. It smells of Rice and Henderson to me.
“Phillips can be very proud of what he has done so far though, that’s for sure.”