Gareth Southgate blames absence of 31-appearance Manchester City midfielder for England struggles

Gareth Southgate blames absence of 31-appearance Manchester City midfielder for England struggles
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Published on 2024-06-20 19:45:24

England manager Gareth Southgate has sensationally identified the absence of Kalvin Phillips as a reason for the team’s midfield woes.

The Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw against Denmark in their European Championship Group C clash in Frankfurt on Thursday evening, as Harry Kane’s opening goal was cancelled out by Morten Hjulmand.

Kalvin Phillips, who has made just six starts for Manchester City since arriving from Leeds United for £42 million in July 2022, was left out of the England set-up after another difficult campaign.

Phillips has made 31 appearances for England, and the absence of the 28-year-old at this summer’s tournament is one of the reasons for their midfield struggles, according to Southgate.

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