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Phillips won England’s player of the year a couple of years back and Maguire, another questionable choice, has been a good player for England in tournaments and in team-of-the-tournaments while playing for England. I think, in Phillips’ case especially, he probably feels there’s no in-form alternative who gives his side the same balance. I’m not defending the choices of any of those. They’re all very questionable (Maguire, Henderson, Sterling, Phillips). I just think there are likely to be good reasons for him making those choices which will often go beyond just who is on form or not.
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