Kalvin Phillips has been in excellent form for Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship so far this season and many people feel that he deserves a place in the England squad ahead of the European Championships this summer.

The 24-year old was linked with moves away from the club in the summer, but the Whites managed to keep hold of him and he has helped guide the Yorkshire club to second in the Sky Bet Championship.

They are just one point off the top, and six points clear of third-placed Brentford. Phillips has been crucial to their success at the heart of midfield and that has caused England boss Gareth Southgate to do something he doesn’t usually do and monitor players in the Sky Bet Championship.

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The Three Lions manager has come under scrutiny in the past for neglecting players in the second tier of English football but he has been forced to stand up and take notice this year by the likes of Kalvin Phillips.

And despite the opportunity to potentially represent his country for the first time, the Leeds midfielder insists he is focussed on his club football.

Speaking in the club’s pre-match press conference ahead of the weekend (via Phil Hay), Phillips said: “It’s an ambition. It would be a pleasure if I got the chance but I don’t think about it every day. I think about Leeds United and what I have to do to get better.”

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Leeds United travel to QPR on Saturday lunchtime hoping to return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship, at least temporarily.