Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips returns to England side alongside Ben White in final Euros warm-up

LEEDS United midfielder Kalvin Phillips makes his seventh start for England in Sunday's final warm-up match for the Euros against Romania at the Riverside (kick-off 5pm).

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 5:24 pm

Phillips has only recently recovered from dislocating his shoulder in United's season finale against West Brom and the midfielder was an unused substitute as England defeated Austria 1-0 in Wednesday's friendly, also at the the Riverside.

West Ham United's Declan Rice started that fixture in the holding midfield role behind 17-year-old Jude Bellingham who played in the no 8 position.

Rice was then replaced by James Ward-Prowse in the 61st minute and Brighton's Ben White also came off the bench to play in midfield in the latter stages.

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But unlike Ward-Prowse and White, Phillips is part of England's Euros squad and now comes back into the side for what is his eighth cap for his country, seven days before England begin their bid for Euros glory in next Sunday's clash against Croatia.

Phillips partners Southampton's Ward-Prowse in midfield and not Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as part of a line-up that also features former Leeds loanee White who makes his full England debut along with Ben Godfrey and 'keeper Sam Johnstone.

Henderson, who is also part of Southgate's Euros squad, has not played since February due to a groin issue and is only on the bench, alongside fellow centre midfield option Rice.

White and Ward-Prowse are not part of Southgate's final 26-man squad for the Euros but Southgate is set to name a replacement for inured Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold after Sunday's friendly.

STARTING: Leeds United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Getty Images.

Southgate is still without his Chelsea and Manchester City players who were involved in the Champions League final whilst Harry Maguire and Bukayo Saka also have knocks.

The Three Lions boss has made nine changes to his side for whom Johnstone is in goal.

White partners Tyrone Mings at centre back, either side of Godfrey at right back and Luke Shaw at left back.

Phillips looks set to play in the holding midfield role, just behind Ward-Prowse in the middle of the park.

Jack Grealish is at no 10, behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin upfront.

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford who is captain are on the flanks.

Whites captain Liam Cooper is also Euros-bound with Scotland who take in their final warm-up match on Sunday evening against Luxembourg.

Cooper started and played 62 minutes of Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against the Netherlands but is not involved against Luxembourg as boss Steve Clarke makes seven changes to his side.

Both England and Scotland kick-off at 5pm.

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Thank you Laura Collins