Jose Mourinho lauds Scotland and ‘fantastic’ Billy Gilmour and says England’s ‘fear of losing’ meant Gareth Southgate kept Kalvin Phillips on in Wembley draw at Euro 2020

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Incredible Scotland can beat Croatia, 'pragmatic' Gareth Southgate and his team selection, Billy Gilmour's masterclass, and can England still win Euro 2020?


Jose Mourinho joined talkSPORT to analyse the performances of England and Scotland on Friday night.

The Three Lions failed to cement their place in the last 16 of the European Championship with a dour 0-0 draw against the Tartan Army at Wembley.

It was a tough night for England but an excellent one for Scotland

Gareth Southgate made some rather questionable choices during the game, taking off Phil Foden and Harry Kane before the end of the 90 minutes and deciding to keep both Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice on the pitch.

Although John Stones hit the post and Raheem Sterling may well have had a penalty, it was a rather insipid performance against the Scots and questions will surely be asked.

Here’s what Mourinho had to say…

Scotland and their incredible display

“I think they were amazing.

“Kieran Tierney, Billy Gimour and Che Adams didn’t play the last match and they made the difference.

“They again played with five at the back but Scott McTominay is a midfield player, he can build, Tierney is a left-back and can build, Grant Hanley is much more comfortable playing in the middle than on the right. So the back three were solid but at the same time, they had more possession, they more fluid with the ball.

“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.

Scott McTominay was dominant for Scotland at the back

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Scott McTominay was dominant for Scotland at the back

Gilmour, 20, played like a seasoned professional on his first start for his country

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Gilmour, 20, played like a seasoned professional on his first start for his country

“McGinn was in a position where he could be a bit higher and the two strikers worked absolutely incredible.

“They were in control of their emotions but they brought them to the gam. The last action of the game is an example of their mentality and the way they were ready to come.

“Steve organised the game tactically very well, but more importantly than that was their sprit.

“They didn’t come just for a football match, they were coming to play a football match against England at Wembley. It was clearly Steve and his staff’s job. They united the team and they were ready to fight but were confident to play.

“They go home with this historical result, but the door is open to qualify. They play at home to Croatia and three points is qualification.”

Steve Clarke entrusted Gilmour to start and the Chelsea midfielder duly delivered

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Steve Clarke entrusted Gilmour to start and the Chelsea midfielder duly delivered

England’s performance

“England were on the side of pragmatism. I didn’t see any risk or any desire to take any gambling and to try to win the game.

“The pragmatism of the result of the qualification showed from minute 70,75, the result was more important than the rivalry.

“Even for me, Southgate seemed to say ‘calm’ from what I could understand. I don’t think it is drama, more of a drama for English fans.

“But on the English camp, I think they are fine with four points. They have kept clean sheets and qualified.

“Beat Czech Republic, you finish first and qualify. What is the worry?”

Kane had another difficult night as England faltered

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Kane had another difficult night as England faltered

Whether Southgate got his team selection right

“I feel that the intention from Gareth was correct in the sense of a pure, left-footed left back like Luke Shaw and an offensive player like Reece James, the intention was I want them really to go.

“But in reality, I just remember James reaching the edge of the box when Harry Kane made him a nice pass from the left, I remember Luke Shaw trying to score with the outside of his left foot also inside the box. But I didn’t see any crosses, any progression, any overlapping.

“They were fine, they didn’t make any mistakes, they were cautious, they were positional, but they should give a little bit more.

“And the double pivot that was was so good against Croatia with Rice and Phillips… if England needed to win this match, Phillips would be out in minute 65 and England would go with a little bit more creativity.

Mourinho wanted more from Reece James and suggested Kalvin Phillips would not have stayed on the pitch had England needed to win

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Mourinho wanted more from Reece James and suggested Kalvin Phillips would not have stayed on the pitch had England needed to win

“The pragmatism of the result and the fear of losing kept them on the pitch to keep the clean sheet.

“If they don’t read the press tomorrow and they focus on the four points, we are going to beat the Czech Republic, it’s probably not as bad as our feelings are.”

Can England still win Euro 2020?

“Gareth was pragmatic, but if you want England to be champions, there are some matches where it is difficult to play the way you want to.

“Opponents push us in directions we don’t want to go, Scotland made England play a way they did not want to.

“Gareth had the personality to take the weight of the critics and make pragmatic decisions.

“England have qualified and will be free against the Czech Republic.”

Despite the draw, ‘The Special One’ believes there will be no panic in the England camp

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Despite the draw, ‘The Special One’ believes there will be no panic in the England camp

 





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