Former Premier League defender Danny Higgingbotham has said that he believes Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is well on his way to earning and England call-up, and that it could even happen in time for the 2020 European Championships.

Phillips has impressed thoroughly for Leeds United so far this season, and has even been linked with a move to Manchester United, but Higginbotham believes that all he has to do is continue his run of form at Leeds, and he sees no reason why he shouldn’t receive a call-up for England’s friendlies in March.

In his article that appears in the Sun, the former Stoke City man is full of priase for Phillips. He writes: “In Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips I see someone who could force his way into Southgate’s reckoning. The 23-year-old has been outstanding for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and has a number of really good attributes.”

I like his positional sense, he’s a very good tackler, and his distribution both long and short is fantastic. Phillips has never played in the Premier League, but I don’t have an issue with that at all. There were plenty of clubs in for him over the summer and he would undoubtedly be playing in the top tier now if Leeds hadn’t done everything to keep hold of him.”

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Holding midfielder is one of the many places that England manager Gareth Southgate does not have an obvious starter. Last night’s game against Kosovo saw West Ham United’s Declan Rice play there, while Tottenham’s Harry Winks played there on Thursday night against Montenegro.