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England Euros Squad Odds: Kalvin Phillips 9/4 to make England squad

Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has his work cut out in order to impress Gareth Southgate before he names his final team for the upcoming tournament in Germany, having been left out of the latest squad to face Brazil and Belgium.

Phillips' move to Manchester City looks to have cost him dear in his quest to continue playing for England on the big stage, with his recent loan move to West Ham failing to improve his chances of booking his seat on the plane to Germany.

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Southgate's lost confidence

In previous years, England coach Southgate has been criticised for selecting players out of form, but the former centre-back has been happy to stand by those players who have yet to let him down on the international stage.

Manchester United's Harry Maguire is one player who has done very little wrong in an England shirt, yet his club form has seen him lose the captaincy at Old Trafford.

Phillips, as one of England's specialist holding midfielders, was in a similar spot, as the 28-year-old is one of only two players in that position in the current England camp.

His partnership with Declan Rice had been delivering the goods on the big stage for England in recent years, up to a point, but Phillips' lack of game-time and poor form is something that Southgate was unable to ignore when he named his squad earlier this month.

Explaining his decision to reporters, Southgate said: "At the moment, I couldn't be confident on the performances Kalvin's had in the last few weeks that he could go into the field and do the job we know that he's capable of.

"That's perhaps the lowest it can get for him in terms of the last few months. Now he can just go for it and be himself."

Moyes hoping to discover the magic formula

After a lack of minutes under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Phillips decided to make a move in January in a bid to boost his chances of playing for England.

The move made sense, even though the Hammers have the likes of Tomas Soucek, Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse in their engine room.

After making just two starts in 16 Premier League appearances for City in 18 months, Phillips had hoped that a move to the capital would hand him a fresh start.

However, he gifted Bournemouth a goal with virtually his first touch as a West Ham player, was sent off against Nottingham Forest and was recently substituted at half-time against Burnley.

Phillips' morale is probably at a career-low, but Hammers boss David Moyes insists he will not give up on the former Leeds United man.

He recently told reporters: "I have been trying to sign him for three years. I am speaking to him regularly because he is such a good boy to talk. He wants to listen, he takes the feedback, and he wants to get better.

"We need to keep building his confidence up, and he needs to keep working harder and hope something someday triggers for him to give him a lift.

"I know that someone will get the benefit because he is a top player. Other people have judged him that way already."

Phillips hoping to roll back the years

Time is running out for Phillips to rediscover his mojo, but he has proved his doubters wrong before.

Before Marcelo Bielsa's arrival at Leeds, some sections of the club's fanbase were happy for him to leave. However, the former Argentina coach transformed his game and he became a key cog in their promotion-winning team, before eventually earning international recognition.

Having made his debut for England in 2020, he has since helped the Three Lions reach the final of Euro 2020, while he also played at the 2022 World Cup.

Phillips was named England's 2020-21 Men's Player of the Year for his fine performances in the Three Lions shirt, but he now seems to be a long way from the player that controlled England's midfield.

Jude Bellingham and Rice are surely certain starters for England, barring injury, but Phillips should not give up as the cover isn't there. With Jordan Henderson still able to command a place in the squad, Phillips has a place to aim for - if he can find some form before the end of the season.

A regular run in the West Ham team will do him the world of good, and with the Hammers still competing in Europe, that is not beyond him.

There are still two months of the season left, but Phillips' impact needs to be instant if he is to help his country win this summer's tournament in Germany at 10/3.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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