Kalvin Phillips is an important player in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

Ian Harte has suggested to Football League World that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips should have earned an England call-up by now.

The former Leeds star has raved about the 24-year-old, and believes that the Leeds ace should have had an England cap last season.

Harte has added that he hopes that Phillips gets called up to the Three Lions’ squad soon.

Harte told Football League World about Phillips: “I think the most important player is Kalvin Phillips. They suffer when he’s not in the team but when he is, defensively, they know that they’ve got the security of having him in front.

“He can play those long diagonal passes that open up teams. He’s definitely good enough to be in the England set-up but people are saying that you can only be picked if you’re playing in the Premier League.

“Kalvin was playing out of his skin last year and we thought he would get the opportunity but he never did because he’s in the Championship and every focus is on the Premier League. He definitely deserves a chance and hopefully Gareth Southgate will put him in his squad.”

Stats

Phillips has made 31 appearances in the Championship for Leeds so far this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

During the 2018-19 campaign, the midfielder scored one goal and provided three assists in 44 league games for the Whites, according to WhoScored.

Back in 2017-18, the 24-year-old made 36 starts and five substitute appearances in the Championship for the West Yorkshire outfit, scoring seven goals and providing three assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

Automatic promotion push

Leeds are at the top of the Championship table at the moment with 71 points from 37 matches, a point clear of second-placed West Bromwich Albion.

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