Sky Sports pundit Curtis Davies has claimed that Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips are worthy of an England call-up from players who are playing in the Championship.
On Wednesday, Gareth Southgate will name his Three Lions squad for the up and coming international fixtures, with Grealish and Phillips hoping in the near future they will make the cut.
Playing Premier League football will get them closer to that dream, with midfielder Phillips hoping to guide Leeds to automatic promotion this season, while Grealish will be aiming to make a late surge into the play-off places with his Villa side.
Speaking to the Debate show on Sky Sports Premier League (12/03/2019 at 10:55 pm), Davies was asked the following question, 'Who else would you say from the Championship is worthy of a place in the England squad?'
"The quality of a Grealish," Davies responded on Sky Sports. "Having played directly against him, I know he has had injuries this year, but he's a Premier League player, [who is] playing in the Championship. The way he plays.
"Kalvin Phillips has been brilliant in that [number 6] role. We spoke about the Fernandinho role. For Leeds, the way they are like the flying arrows. Again, two centre-halves and Kalvin Philips. The ground he covers and the work he puts in is phenomenal.
"I am just talking about from the Championship. Of the quality he [Grealsh] has got, he for me is similar to like a Maddison [but] because they play in the Premier League, Maddison creating the most chances in the PL, so if he's not in it then I don't see how a Grealish could be in it."
Both Grealish and Phillips play in different positions, with the latter a more defensive-minded player and the former a ball carrier with attack-minded qualities.
Over the course of the season, Phillips has been a rock in front of the back four for Marcelo Bielsa's side, showcasing his energetic work rate, ability to sense danger and build attacks.
Wherreas Grealish, who recently returned from injury, has scored in back-to-back games for Dean Smith's side, including the winning goal against bitter rivals Birmingham City over the weekend.
Since Smith's arrival in October, Grealish has scored four goals and supplied three assists for Villa in 11 matches [transfermarkt], who recorded only two wins whilst he was on the sidelines with an injury for nearly three months.
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