'Very Lonely' - Exclusive: Danny Mills concerned about Leeds player he hails best in league
Danny Mills insists it would be a “big gamble” by Gareth Southgate to throw Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips into the England squad for the upcoming Euros.
The former England international full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested being selected by England for this summer’s tournament could be mentally “difficult” for the 24-year-old.
Phillips has earned plaudits for his displays this season, helping the Whites to second in the table and one point off league leaders West Brom.
Southgate has been keeping an eye on the progress of the holding midfielder as he steps up preparations for the eagerly anticipated Euro 2020 which kicks off in June.
Whilst Mills admitted the United talent is “the best player in the Championship” he stressed it is not all about ability when it comes to international duty.
“He is by far the best player in the Championship but it is not always about ability,” the former Manchester City defender told Football Insider.
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“It is about mentality. How does he feel when he walks into that situation when he is playing with players that he has never played with, or against? Mentally that can be very difficult – to make that step up. You feel very lonely.
“He will not know too many people in that squad and you need people around you when you first go in there and I do not care how good you are or what club you are at, when you first walk in it is nerve-racking as hell.
“If you go to the Euros there is all the press attention on you – how does he deal with that? To throw him in at the last minute would be a big gamble.”
Phillips has scored once in 34 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season.
England welcome Italy and Denmark to Wembley in late March in the final international break of the 2019/20 season.
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