Kalvin Phillips Faces England Squad Omission Amid Struggles at West Ham United

Kalvin Phillips Faces England Squad Omission Amid Struggles at West Ham United

Former Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is poised to miss out on selection for Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium at Wembley Stadium.

No International Call Up for Kalvin Phillips

The decision marks a significant setback for Phillips, with the European Championships looming on the horizon and Southgate’s squad selection serving as the final opportunity for players to stake their claim.

Phillips, who recently joined West Ham United on loan, has encountered difficulties in adapting to his new surroundings, resulting in a decline in form that has caught the attention of Southgate.

Despite featuring in England’s previous squad in November, Phillips’ inconsistent performances for West Ham have prompted Southgate to explore alternative options.

The midfielder’s struggles were evident in his early outings for West Ham, where he committed costly errors leading to goals in his initial appearances. A subsequent red card further compounded Phillips’ challenges, underscoring his turbulent start with the club.

Although Phillips received public support from West Ham manager David Moyes, who expressed confidence in the player’s ability to overcome setbacks, his recent performances have failed to meet expectations.

Notably, Phillips was substituted at halftime during West Ham’s Premier League fixture against Burnley after enduring difficulties in midfield.

Phillips’ decision to join West Ham on loan from Manchester City was motivated by his desire to maintain his prospects of featuring in the upcoming European Championships.

However, his struggles at West Ham have cast doubts on his ability to secure a place in Southgate’s final squad list.

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Phillips Targets Euro 2024

Despite accumulating 31 caps for England since his debut in 2020 and playing a pivotal role in England’s journey to the Euro 2020 final, Phillips faces an uncertain future in international football.

His solitary goal for England scored in a commanding victory over North Macedonia last June, serves as a reminder of his potential impact on the pitch.

As the countdown to Euro 2024 continues, Phillips remains hopeful of reversing his fortunes and earning a place in Southgate’s squad.

However, with time running out and competition for places intensifying, Phillips must demonstrate a significant improvement in form to reignite his prospects of representing England on the international stage.