The Man City midfielder aspires to play for the first squad before the 2024 European Championship.
Kalvin Phillips acknowledges that he may leave Manchester City in January in search of more consistent first-team action.
Since joining the team in the summer of 2022, the former Leeds midfielder has had difficulty getting into games at the Etihad Stadium, and recently, competition for spots has been even more fierce.
During the summer transfer window, City acquired Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes. Pep Guardiola also selected youthful Rico Lewis over Phillips in midfield during the most recent suspension of Rodri.
This summer, West Ham was considering replacing Declan Rice with the 27-year-old, but Phillips rejected the idea.
However, playing time is of the highest importance now that England has qualified for Euro 2024 as a result of a 3-1 victory against Italy on Wednesday night.
Gareth Southgate chose the midfielder despite his lack of participation at the club level, in part due to England’s lack of a deep-lying playmaker, but that is undoubtedly not a long-term strategy.
Given that Jordan Henderson is now a player for Saudi Arabia, Phillips has a chance to restore his spot in the England starting lineup after excelling during the team’s journey to the Euro 2020 final.
Phillips acknowledges that he could think about leaving Newcastle, who have also been linked with a transfer in January.
He declared, “I want to play football and I want to play as much as I can.”
“Injuries and [other issues] have prevented me from doing it for the past year and a half. It is something that I will have to consider. Hopefully, I get the chance, but if not, I’ll need to make other choices as well.