Leeds United’s representation in recent England squads has been a source of great pride for the club’s support.
Kalvin Phillips’ rise to prominence as an integral part of the Three Lions’ squad over the past 12 months in particular has helped restore Leeds United as a household name across Europe.
Patrick Bamford’s maiden call-up during the last international break was equally well-received after the striker was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s 26-man selection for the European Championships this summer.
Phillips’ role at the tournament cemented his place as a key figure in the future of the England national team, therefore it comes as little surprise that the 25-year-old is once again named in this latest squad.
With Marcelo Bielsa confirming in his Thursday lunchtime press conference that Patrick Bamford remains sidelined with an ankle injury, the Leeds number nine misses out, seeing his squad place filled by Ollie Watkins.
England will play Andorra and Hungary in a FIFA World Cup qualifying double header on Saturday 9th and Tuesday 12th October.
Phillips may well be rested for the trip to the Andorran capital, given he was not selected to start and did not feature in the reverse fixture at Wembley earlier this month.
It will be expected that he starts against Hungary though, whom England defeated 4-0 in Budapest to a backdrop of terrace unrest.
Bamford’s place in the squad for future England camps does not appear to be under threat, although he will need to maintain his performance level of the past year or so to be in contention alongside the likes of Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins, Callum Wilson and Tammy Abraham.
England’s U-21 and U-20 squads are set to be announced tomorrow, Friday 1st October, which could see multiple Leeds United youngsters named.
Joe Gelhardt has made his senior Leeds debut since his last international appearance – a debut at U-20 level in which he scored twice against Romania. He is likely to be named in the U-20 group once more, alongside Lewis Bate, Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood.
Following a first Premier League outing and more prominent first-team activity in recent weeks, Charlie Cresswell could receive his second call-up to England’s U-21 group for October’s matches away to Slovenia and Andorra.