'Needs to play': Ian Wright orders Chelsea star to start his national side's next Euro 2020 tie

Ian Wright urged Steve Clarke to use Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour in Scotland’s European Championship game against England.

Speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast, the former Arsenal striker delivered his verdict on how Clarke’s side should approach this massive matchup.

Gilmour was an unused substitute for Scotland’s opening group game defeat to the Czech Republic.

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This setback means Friday’s fixture with England at Wembley has even more magnitude for the Tartan Army.

Wright has a plan

Lose again and they can probably bid farewell to their first major tournament since 1998.

However, Wright felt they might have a chance if Clarke starts Gilmour in the home nations bout.

He said: “You start Billy Gilmour where you were playing Scott McTominay, push McTominay further up and let him try break things up upfront, pressing and maybe doing his box to box stuff.

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“But he can’t take care of the ball like someone like Billy Gilmour can.

“This is why I believe they have to play Gilmour because he doesn’t mind the pressure.

“We saw his debut for Chelsea against Liverpool in the cup, when he was literally running it and nutmegging Fabinho.

“You think to yourself ‘my god, who is this guy?’ Yes, he needs to play.”

Gilmour going places

Very few Chelsea followers could forget that fabled night at Stamford Bridge when Gilmour showed up Liverpool.

Just a teenager at the time, the now 20-year-old dominated his experienced opponents and announced himself to the footballing community.

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His Blues careers hasn’t skyrocketed since, as he still awaits his major breakout in the first team.

The same can be said for Scotland, where he’s only been capped twice at senior level ahead of the Euros.

Throwing Gilmour straight into the lion’s den to face England might be viewed as a risk by some.

But Chelsea fans, and probably plenty of Scotland supporters, will have no doubt he can handle the intensity.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.