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Billy Gilmour Compared To N’Golo Kante After Midfield Masterclass Against England

Alex Reid

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Billy Gilmour Compared To N’Golo Kante After Midfield Masterclass Against England

Billy Gilmour delivered a star-making turn in Scotland's 0-0 draw with England at Wembley as the Chelsea youngster finished the game with the man of the match award.

Making his first senior international start, Gilmour - who turned 20 a week ago - barely put a foot wrong for the 76 minutes he was on the pitch. Every single pass the midfielder made in the first half found a Scotland shirt (a perfect 20 of 20).

The 5ft 7in playmaker was everywhere, being cheekily described as "basically N'Golo Kante" by Dutch international Patrick van Aanholt post-match - the highest of praise as Gilmour's Chelsea teammate is the best in the world in his position.

Gilmour ended the game with a 91% passing accuracy, eight ball recoveries and two tackles. But it was his assured performance and skill when suddenly thrust on the international stage that impressed fans.

Two-time former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho agreed, telling talkSPORT: "The kid Gilmour in midfield, he made the difference.

"He was fantastic. He was always moving, always showing, he wanted the ball, he was turning under pressure. He linked the game much, much better."

Gilmour did not start in Scotland's 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic but made a massive difference to his side's midfield in the Wembley draw. Arsenal's Kieran Tierney, fit again after missing the opening match through injury, also bolstered a reshuffled defence as Steve Clarke got his team selection spot on.

However it was a different story for Gareth Southgate's England as - after John Stones crashed an early header off the post - they struggled to break Scotland down and, in the end, had as many chances against them as they created for themselves.

A lot of that was down to Gilmour, who pulled the strings in possession and covered the ground when the home side had the ball.

It's fair to say Scotland and Chelsea fans have a lot to be excited about when it comes to the 20-year-old's future.

Topics: Chelsea, Euro 2020, England, Scotland

Alex Reid
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