By Alex McLeish

8th Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Phillips set to come under scrutiny after Leeds injury twist - pundit

Alex McLeish has insisted Kalvin Phillips must be genuinely injured at Leeds United to have withdrawn from England duty.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he would never think a player would not want to turn out for their country.

Football Insider revealed on Thursday (7th October) Leeds are hopeful Phillips will be available for the next Premier League game against Southampton.

Leeds confirmed on Tuesday (5th October) Phillips has withdrawn from the England squad due to a calf strain picked up against Watford.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes against the Hornets.

McLeish suggested some may doubt the extent of Phillips’ injury if he is able to feature against Southampton.

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However, he insisted he would never questions a player’s loyalty to their country.

This is the synergy between the international teams and the club teams.

“Sometimes it works out brilliantly, sometimes the club are complaining about playing too many games, he’s going under duress as he joins the team.

“There is an international ruling that if you don’t play for the national team, then you might not play for the first game when you go back to your club.

“They were going to maybe take that a couple of weeks ago (for South American players) but common sense prevailed. Now there are discussions between club and country.

“If that’s the way it is, and he’s going to be out for England but it’s not a threatening injury where he’s going to miss the next few Leeds games, it’s something people doubt over the last couple of years.

“When I was in the Scotland job, you’d tell people: ‘He’s injured again.’

“They’d think players just don’t want to play. I don’t believe it for one minute.”

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