Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips urged to snub England and play for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz

Leeds ’ Kalvin Phillips is being urged by Jamaica to snub England and pledge his international future to the Reggae Boyz.

Leeds-born Phillips qualifies for Jamaica through his dad and has been approached by them.

Reggae Boyz coach Roy Simpson wants Phillips to be part of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and says the midfielder is considering their offer.

Phillips, 24, has not been capped by England at any level, but Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate claims he is in his thoughts for next summer’s Euro finals.

Simpson hopes Phillips, who was a key figure in Leeds’ promotion success, will be persuaded to opt for Jamaica over England because he would play more regularly.

“I’ve not made contact with him, but one of our agents in Europe made contact on our behalf,” said Simpson. 

“At the time he was focusing on Leeds’ possible promotion to the Premier League, but he did acknowledge his Jamaican roots and based on the feedback I have received, talks are ongoing.

“We’re aware of what his options are, but it is the decision of the player.

“Usually when players are making these kind of decisions, they look at the pros and cons and past players I have engaged have said the possibility of consistently playing for Jamaica far outweighs that of playing for England with so much competition from players. But it is his personal decision.

“The onus is on us to press on and try to get something decisive from him. The fact that the possibility of playing for England has arisen, we have to press on. 

“We can only offer what we can offer and at the end of the day, the decision will be his.”

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