Englishman Wants to Play for Soca Warriors

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Daniel Phillip, centre, in action for Watford’s youth team

By AZP Staff

A YOUNG Englishman whose father is a Trinidadian has shown a strong interest in playing for the Soca Warriors.Midfielder Daniel Phillips, an 18-year-old was born in Enfield, in north London to DRE Phillip, formerly of Port-of-Spain and his wife Leonora, whose native city is Bristol, Wales but who practically grew up in T&T.

The youngster is also the cousin of ex-Soca Warriors defender Ian Cox, a member of the national team at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Phillips’ grandfather is the late Captain Archilus Phillip, a former officer in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.

Recently the promising footballer secured a professional contract with Watford in the Championship Division, the second tier of the English game. He was handed a two-year contract after he impressed in the club’s youth team.on his way to being named 2018/19 Academy Player of the Season.

Phillips has expressed a keen interest in representing the local national team and showed up at Wrexham in March to witness the international friendly with Wales.He met with members of the T&T contingent after their 1-0 defeat.

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play international football and get the experience,” Phillips told TTFA Media. “To get the chance to test myself at the international level is something I’m looking forward to,” he said.

Phillips is described by Watford as “a central midfield player who joined the club as an Under-14, is very comfortable on the ball and has good technique. He breaks lines in possession very well, creating attacking opportunities for the team.”