Leeds United internationals round up: Full shift for Kalvin Phillips but night off for Diego Llorente

KALVIN Phillips earned his fifth England cap by making his fourth start for the Three Lions in Thursday night's 5-0 cruise against minnows San Marino at Wembley.

By Lee Sobot
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:01 pm

Phillips played as the sole holding midfielder in front of a back four as West Ham United's Declan Rice stayed on the bench in the first of three World Cup qualifiers for England in a week.

The Whites midfielder stayed on for the full duration of the game as a Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace plus goals from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling and Ollie Watkins easily brushed side the worst ranked nation in the world.

Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski also played the full duration of Thursday night's World Cup qualifiers for their respective nations.

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FIFTH CAP: For Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, left, pictured during Thursday night's 5-0 victory against San Marino at Wembley. Photo by Adrian Dennis - Pool/Getty Images.

Dallas and Northern Ireland lost 2-0 to Italy in Parma whilst Alioski and North Macedonia were outpointed 3-2 by Romania in Bucharest.

Diego Llorente was an unused substitute for Spain in their World Cup qualifier at home to Greece which ended in a 1-1 draw but Mateusz Klich was not involved for Poland in their qualifier in Hungary having tested positive but then negative for coronavirus on Wednesday. Poland and Hungary shared a 3-3 draw.

Illan Meslier was once again on the bench for France's under-21s as they faced Denmark in their first Under-21s Euros group stage game in Hungary which ended in a 1-0 reverse.

Meslier has yet to play for France's under-21s for whom Nantes stopper Alban Lafont remains the no 1.

Helder Costa was not involved for his new national side Angola as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Gambia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

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Thank you Laura Collins