Kalvin Phillips has admitted ‘can’t discuss’ his lack of action so far at the World Cup, despite being fit to play.
The Manchester City midfielder has defied all odds to overcome a succession of injuries and feature in the England squad for Qatar, but has only made one substitute appearance for the Three Lions so far. now.
Phillips is still waiting to play in the Qatar World Cup[/caption]
Phillips underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year following a series of problems that have limited him to just three substitute appearances for City since his £42million move from Leeds United.
His recovery was enough for Southgate to name his team’s reliable midfielder of the final tournament, but he was forced to watch from the bench as his teammates booked a quarter-final clash with defending champions La France – who is LIVE on talkSPORT on Saturday. .
Rather than being bitter or frustrated, however, the 27-year-old insists he is enjoying the trip to the Gulf state so far and cannot complain about his lack of minutes due to the players in front of him.
But, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Phillips insisted he was ready when called upon by Gareth Southgate.
“With so many injuries over the last year and then a shoulder injury just before, obviously deep down inside me there was always a chance that I wasn’t involved and I kind of settled for that. “, did he declare. .
“Once I had the surgery I thought I’ll work as hard as I can to get back into shape after the World Cup, but luckily I got involved and I’m fit enough now. .
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“Obviously I don’t play as much, which can be frustrating, but when I look at the players in front of me and how well they’re playing, I can’t really argue.
“And I always have fun, I always have a lot of fun.
“I just have to keep working hard and making sure I get fitter and fitter in training, so when I come in I can have that impact and be as strong as possible to help the team.”
Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Mason Mount have all played past Phillips in midfield so far, but the former Leeds ace will hope he can get his chance against France.
“It’s a huge game, a very exciting game and it will also be a very difficult game,” he said.
“Every player will want to be on the pitch. If you’re not, you’re just trying to do your best to support the boys, and when you finally get involved, hopefully you can play well.
“So I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and the occasion.
“I didn’t think I would be able to play in these games, but with the hard work I’ve done, I’m lucky to be involved in the team and hopefully make an appearance against France. “
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