Chelsea’s Billy GIlmour was announced yesterday in the Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championships, and he’s received a wave of kind messages on Instagram from players following the news.
Blues midfielder Gilmour is part of the 26-man Scotland squad that will compete in Euro 2020, which is the rearranged tournament from last year.
Despite the fact it’s a major international competition, the 19-year-old has been drafted into the senior group for the first time ever.
A first senior call-up shows real faith from international boss Steve Clarke, who must be impressed with what he’s seen from the teenager in glimpses at Stamford Bridge.
Gilmour, who missed the start of the season through injury, has only made 11 first-team club appearances across all competitions this campaign.
However, the deep-lying central midfielder hasn’t looked out of place in Chelsea’s first team, and he definitely brings an X-factor to the Scotland squad going into the Euros.
He’s fourth in line in the midfield pecking order under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, but he’s stepped up superbly in the recent absence of Mateo Kovacic during a crunch part of the season.
West Ham’s Declan Rice and Leicester City’s James Maddison are among those to send congratulations messages to Gilmour on Instagram after his Scotland call-up.
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If you look at Scotland’s squad, including Chelsea talent Gilmour seems a no-brainer.
He’s not got the experience under his belt like most in the squad, but not many could claim to train every single day with world-class teammates like he does at Chelsea.
Gilmour is having to be patient, but he belongs on the elite stage.
The all-action midfielder definitely has the individual ability over the next few years to really break into his Scotland XI, and he’ll be determined to make sure he’s more than just a fringe player for them this summer.
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