Who was the last Leeds United player to play for England before Kalvin Phillips?

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips grabbed headlines for his impressive performance against Croatia.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 10:40 am
Updated Monday, 14th June 2021, 10:42 am
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in action for England at Wembley. Pic: Getty
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in action for England at Wembley. Pic: Getty

The 25-year-old Thorp Arch academy product put in what many believed to be a man-of-the-match performance for England in their opening Euro 2020 clash at Wembley.

Phillips was named in Gareth Southgate's Three Lions 26-man strong squad for the delayed tournament and was handed a starting berth on Sunday in the 1-0 victory.

The Yorkshire Pirlo, as he is affectionately know, recorded an assist for Raheem Sterling's winner and was England's best player in the capital as they made a winning start to Group D.

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But who was the last player to be on the books at Elland Road and be called up to represent the Three Lions before Phillips?

The answer; Alan Smith.

Another of the Whites' academy products, Smith was used in a friendly against Sweden in 2004 while Leeds teammates Danny Mills and Paul Robinson were named on the bench though unused.

If you're looking for the last time a Leeds player was involved at a major tournament by England, you have to wind the clock back two more years.

Nigel Martyn, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler and Mills were all called up for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan whilst donning a Leeds shirt.

Phillips became the 32nd LS11 player to earn a England call last year since the club's inception in 1919.