Former England international Gary Neville reckons Chelsea star Billy Gilmour proved his worth against Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in an awe-inspiring display for Scotland at Euro 2020.
On his senior international debut, the 20-year-old Chelsea technician controlled the midfield against the likes of Leeds United man Phillips and domestic teammate Mason Mount. Scotland drew 0-0 with England in a fine result for Steve Clarke’s side, with a win over Croatia on Tuesday likely enough to progress to the last 16 at the Euros.
Neville reckons that England would be better off with Gilmour than the Leeds United battler, who provided an assist during his side’s opening win over Croatia (ITV): “Gilmour came into a game for Chelsea against Liverpool and was fantastic. His temperament is excellent.
“He accepts the ball. It was a sobering experience for England. The Scotland midfield were better on the ball than England. But Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay and Grant Hanley at the back were also better at passing it into midfield than England.
“Tyrone Mings and John Stones, Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice, really struggled to get that build-up play right. Gilmour was always available and England don’t have that player. I don’t think Kalvin Phillips is as good on the ball as Gilmour is. Gilmour is technically a bit better.”
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