Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and West Ham's Declan Rice both start for England in Albania

LEEDS United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has kept his place in the England starting line up for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Albania in Tirana.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 4:16 pm

Phillips played the full duration of Thursday evening's 5-0 cruise against minnows San Marino at Wembley as Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate shuffled his pack against the worst ranked nation in the world.

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice stayed on the bench for the San Marino clash and now comes back into the side but Phillips also keeps his place for the second of two World Cup qualifiers in the space of a week.

England will complete their March internationals with Wednesday night's fixture against Poland at Wembley.

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Southgate has made six changes to his side as Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all drop out.

Rice, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Phil Foden and Harry Kane all come into the side.

Leeds are back in action next Saturday with the Premier League Yorkshire derby at home to bottom-placed Sheffield United.

England XI v Albania: Pope, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Phillips, Rice, Foden, Mount, Sterling, Kane.

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images.

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