West Ham coach Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that Declan Rice and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips aren’t players who are going to grab your attention.
But Pearce did make it clear that the thriving West Ham and Leeds duo will do the business in their own box and do things that ‘people probably don’t totally notice’.
Rice and Phillips started for England, in a midfield three, on Sunday as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier.
And Pearce shared his thoughts on the duo and what is perhaps unfashionable about them.
“That’s why I made the point about Dec (Rice), and probably Phillips falls into this category, that they won’t grab your eye, they won’t be on the end of things and score goals,” said Pearce.
“But I tell you where they will be and they will be around their penalty spot when the ball flashes across your goal and you need someone to block a cross that’s been pulled back.
“Or someone needs to surge 40 yards to get a tackle in because you are under pressure. All of those things that people probably don’t totally notice, they will be doing.”
Whilst England fans debate, far and wide, about the countless number of attacking players Gareth Southgate can pick from and the over-crowded right-back area… the same cannot be said for the number six position.
Only Phillips and Rice are the real performers in that role, with the currently injured Jordan Henderson also able to deploy that position, but he’s more suited to a right-sided number eight.
Either way, alongside Harry Kane, many would think that both are guaranteed a spot at the Euros, but it’s a question of whether both should be playing together that has got many England fans talking.