Man City news: Pundit issues 'disgraceful' Kalvin Phillips claim after injury update
Frank McAvennie has insisted it is “too late” for Kalvin Phillips to come back into the Man City squad with the hope of World Cup selection.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said it would be “disgraceful” if Gareth Southgate took Phillips to Qatar.
Speaking to club media (5 November), Pep Guardiola said the 26-year-old will be fit enough to make the bench for City’s Carabao Cup game against Chelsea on Wednesday (9 November).
The Sky Blues boss added that whilst the England international may not feature, he is likely to be included in the matchday squad.
The midfielder had shoulder surgery and last featured for the Cityzens’ in their 2-1 Champion league win over Borussia Dortmund in September.
Southgate will be naming his 26-man England squad on Thursday (10 November).
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As quoted by the Manchester Evening News (6 November), Guardiola said he met with the national team boss and discussed Phillips’ fitness.
But McAvennie urged Southgate not to take Phillips to Qatar.
“I think it is too late for him,” he told Football Insider.
“He is going to want to be there but whether it is going to happen or not. Things are not right with him with his injury.
“I am fed up of managers taking players in case they get fit. He is not going to be match fit, he is not going to be up to sharpness so do not take him. If they play him he will make a mistake.
“You are playing against the best players in the world, you cannot have four months on the sidelines and expect to be sharper than them. It is not going to happen.
“You have got to take players who are playing every week. It is just disgraceful.“