English midfielder Kalvin Phillips still coming to terms with ‘surreal’ chance to file for Euro 2020 spot amid fitness doubts over Jordan Henderson
- Phillips believes the sky is the limit as he aims for a place in the Euro 2020 squad
- The Leeds midfielder started all three games during the March international hiatus
- English boss Southgate has to reduce his team to 23 for the tournament
Kalvin Phillips believes the ‘sky is the limit’ for him as he wants to make it to England’s Euro 2020 team.
The Leeds midfielder started all three games during the March international hiatus, having been capped for the first time earlier this season.
He will now push for involvement in the summer as the rescheduled finals of the European Championship circulate.
Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips started all three games during the March international hiatus
As things stand, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate will have to reduce his squad to 23 names for the tournament.
The ongoing fitness concerns of Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson could still mean Phillips is assured of a place in Southgate’s ranks – but the 25-year-old is not taking anything for granted.
“I am very happy playing the last three games, but I always know there is room for improvement,” he said. ‘I’m glad I just play for England, it doesn’t matter if I was on the bench. I’d be happy too.
“I want to play games and Gareth has seen that and seen that I am able to play in different positions in midfield, which is also a good thing.
English boss Gareth Southgate has to reduce his team to 23 for the tournament
‘I’m looking forward to the next camp. Whether I’ll be in it or I won’t
From the start of the season, I never really thought I would be in this position. But when I’ve had the chance, I’ve just tried to do my best and do my very best.
‘The manager saw that and he had the confidence to play against me in the last three games. I am very grateful for that and will always do my best when on the field. ‘
Phillips and Leeds were still playing in the Sky Bet Championship when England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Phillips could be assured of a squad place amid concerns about Jordan Henderson’s fitness
His life was different then and he now has ambitions to be involved in another famous international summer three years later.
“At the last World Cup, I had just moved into my first house without my mom there, and I had some of my friends at every game to watch the games,” he said.
‘It was just one of those things – it was in the summer, it was hot, you just love watching international football and playing here and messaging my friends and family saying: ‘I can’t believe you’re playing for England and doing all these things’ it’s unreal.
Like I said before, I feel like I have to pinch myself sometimes.
“But it’s one of those things, you have to keep working hard and I’ll keep doing that.”