Leeds ‘stay confident’ Kalvin Phillips WILL suit England at the European Championship

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Leeds ‘stay confident’ midfielder Kalvin Phillips WILL be fit for England at European Championship – despite shoulder injury three days before Gareth Southgate names squad

Kalvin Phillips ‘stay confident’ will be fit for the European Championship in England despite his shoulder injury.

The central midfielder got the problem just before the end of Sunday’s 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion and missed the team’s lap of honor at Elland Road.

Gareth Southgate will name his 26-man England squad for this summer’s tournament on Tuesday, with Phillips a strong contender to make a major tournament for the first time in his career.

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Leeds is confident that Kalvin Phillips will be fit for England at the European Championship despite an injury

Leeds is confident that Kalvin Phillips will be fit for England at the European Championship despite an injury

Midfielder Phillips, 25, got a pat on the back late in Sunday's 3-1 win against West Brom

Midfielder Phillips, 25, got a pat on the back late in Sunday’s 3-1 win against West Brom

A statement said: ‘Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips suffered a shoulder injury in the final stages of Sunday’s Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion.

This is currently being treated conservatively. However, we remain confident that he will be available for Euro 2020, if selected for the England squad. ‘

Against West Brom, he beat Sam Johnstone with a neat free kick approaching half-time and scored his first goal since July, when 8,000 returning Leeds fans watched Premier League football at Elland Road for the first time since 2004.

English manager Gareth Southgate will appoint his 26-man team for the European Championship on Tuesday

English manager Gareth Southgate will appoint his 26-man team for the European Championship on Tuesday

Seven-cap international Phillips was expected to be called up to his first major tournament

Seven-cap international Phillips was expected to be called up to his first major tournament

However, a minute of madness threatened to ruin his day. First, his loose touch from Liam Cooper’s pass offered Hal Robson-Kanu some consolation to Albion. He then fell to Grady Diangana at the sidelines in frustration, which earned him a yellow card and saw him pick up the pat on the back.

The 25-year-old made his England debut against Denmark last September and was capped seven times, impressing both the club and the country with his passing range, composure and physicality.

After Sunday’s game, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said: ‘We all hope it’s something that can be resolved soon. Knowing Kalvin’s steadfastness, I know he has the resources to speed up any problem he has. ‘

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