It is a proud day in the career of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.
The Blues youngster, who is considered as an exciting star for the future at Stamford Bridge, has been named in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the upcoming European Championships.
Gilmour, who turns 20 on the day that the tournament begins, is one of seven midfielders to have made the cut, joining Manchester United’s Scott McTominay and John Fleck of Sheffield United in being included.
Scotland, embarking on their first major tournament since the 1998 FIFA World Cup, will participate in Group D this summer alongside arch rivals England, Croatia and the Czech Republic, with their first game coming against the Czechs on June 14 in Glasgow.
For Gilmour, the opportunity will allow him the chance to prove himself to the watching world on one of the biggest stages possible, as well as aiming to bolster his chance of becoming a more regular fixture in Thomas Tuchel’s squad at Stamford Bridge next season.
Whilst players do tend to get the call from their respective manager to say whether or not they have made the squad for a tournament of such significance, Gilmour appeared to have found out via a different method, although it cannot officially be claimed for certain.
That is because Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has uploaded a video to social media to show Gilmour’s reaction to finding out he had made the squad via watching Sky Sports News.
Chilwell shot the moment Scotland’s squad for the tournament was being revealed, with Gilmour sat just ahead of him in what appears to his house or a hotel room.
As Sky’s graphic changed from the defenders being named in the squad to the midfielders, Gilmour slowly got up from his seat, turned round and smiled at Chilwell, portraying just how incredibly proud he was. He smiled and just put his hands in pockets as he took in the news.
Chilwell, once Gilmour had stood up and looked at him, said: “Billy Gilmour!,” implying that he was delighted and genuinely chuffed to bits for his club teammate.
Gilmour, remarkably, has never played for his country at senior level, meaning his inclusion within the squad will have come as a possible surprise, especially when you consider that he has only played 14 times in all competitions this season.
On Gilmour’s inclusion, Clarke said: “It’s also important to look at what it’s coming through and having a few injured players gives a chance for us to bring some of the young boys in.
“I tried to keep the core of the squad together which I think is important as we’re trying to build a national team spirit and feel good in everyone’s company.”
Given that Clarke has placed an emphasis on youth, he will be hoping the young Scots can give the country a summer to remember, starting in just under a month’s time.
Meanwhile, Chilwell will discover whether or not he has made Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the tournament next Tuesday.
Source by Football London