Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour is more than good enough for the Scotland national team says Pat Nevin as he compares the Scottish prodigy to Manchester City talent Phil Foden.

The midfielder has only made FA Cup appearances since manager Thomas Tuchel arrived at Chelsea, having broken through last season under previous boss Frank Lampard. There have been calls for Steve Clarke to include Gilmour in his Scotland plans.

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Clarke has been asked to include Chelsea star Gilmour in his Scotland plans. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

As a former Chelsea teammate of the Scots boss, Nevin has been in Clarke’s ear, but looks to Manchester City youngster Phil Foden as an example of what can happen with regular minutes (Football London): “Stevie Clarke is a great mate of mine and I have hassled him relentlessly, telling him that he needs to have Billy in the squad.

“Scotland do have quite a strong midfield with the likes of [John] McGinn and [Scott] McTominay but Billy has the quality for that level. He is good enough no doubt, but Clarkey is the manager, not me. Eventually, Billy will be in the Scotland squad, I’ve no doubts about that because of his quality. But does have to be playing regularly.

 

“It’s tough for him because I remember looking at Phil Foden at Manchester City and wondering what he was waiting for, why he wasn’t going out on loan. Of course, that wasn’t the right thing for him.

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Nevin’s looked at the Manchester City kid. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

“The right thing was to stay and learn with the geniuses that were at Manchester City and now we’re all seeing just how good Foden is. So with Billy, I’m not sure what the right decision is.”

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