Bielsa reacts to talk of Kalvin Phillips getting England call-up

Date published: Tuesday 25th February 2020 6:51 - Rob McCarthy

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has reacted to the rumours of a potential England call-up for outstanding Whites midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Several reports have suggested that the 24-year-old, who has enjoyed another fine season at Elland Road, will be picked by Gareth Southgate for the friendlies against Italy and Denmark at the end of March.

And Bielsa, who spent six years in charge of Argentina and four years at the helm with Chile, said he was wary of interfering with suggestions of who should play for England – with the 64-year-old Leeds chief having been unimpressed with other managers telling him who should be representing Argentina and Chile.

However, Bielsa did say that everyone connected with the club would be extremely proud should Phillips pick up his first Three Lions call.

“Is this information official?” asked Bielsa.

“If not, you’ll get me in trouble with the national team manager!

“I worked as a national team manager in Argentina and Chile, and I didn’t like other managers saying in the press which players the national team has to play, so I don’t want to make this mistake.”

Asked, though, about the level of achievement involved, Bielsa added: “If that happens, it’s not something that’s easy to get, and for this reason everybody has to be proud.

“It’s something that Leeds, the club, himself, his teammates, need to be proud of.”

Meanwhile, Bielsa insists it is down to having faith and patience in his model, rather than changing it when Leeds have a rough patch, after answering questions about the upturn in Leeds’ form. Read more…


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