Mourinho calls for McTominay to start in defence against England

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Mourinho calls for McTominay to start in defence against England

Jose Mourinho has called for Scott McTominay to start in defence for Scotland against England, with Billy Gilmour taking his place in midfield.

Gilmour is yet to start a game for Scotland, winning both his caps from the bench, but Mourinho feels the 20-year-old’s desire to constantly get hold of the ball in the middle of the park is exactly what Steve Clarke’s men need.

As for McTominay, Mourinho expects the pace of England’s forwards to be problematic for the Scots, and so has identified the need for someone more mobile to join the defence and negate that threat.



Mourinho was the Manchester United manager when McTominay made his first steps into the senior picture at Old Trafford, naming him player of the year at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The three-time Premier League winner told : “Steve [Clarke] deserves all the respect and the last thing I want to do here is be the smart one, it’s just my opinion like anybody else who listens to this show.

“The fact McTominay can play in defence, he’s faster than Grant Hanley and I think Scotland need speed against Sterling and Rashford – they’re going to attack the space in the behind.

“Do you lose a very strong midfield player? Yes, but [Stuart] Armstrong and [John] McGinn are good players who are intense and recover balls and the kid, Gilmour, he will give them a focal point because he wants the ball all the time.

“You can look at his body and think, ‘they’re going to smash him’, but they’re only going to smash him if they arrive on time, and he is very good and very quick on the ball.

“And often, if a player wants to come in and smash him, they will arrive too late, he’s already gone.

“So if Scotland play five at the back with Scott in the back-five, they can bring in the kid to play in midfield, and that would help against England’s pace.”

England will qualify for the knockout stages with a win, while Scotland need a point to stand any realistic chance of getting out of Group D.

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Ince claims Kane is yet to perform at a big tournament for England

Paul Ince claims Harry Kane is yet to perform for England at a big tournament despite winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.

England started their Euro 2020 campaign by winning the opening game at the finals for the first time in the competition’s history.

Raheem Sterling hit the only goal in a game where .



Kane scored six goals as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 but Ince reckons his “performances weren’t great” then either.

Ince told Paddy Power: “Harry Kane will play against Scotland, but he will be disappointed with his performance against Croatia. He is world-class, but I’m yet to see him perform in a big tournament.

“Even though he got the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot, his performances weren’t great. I expect him to put on a great performance against Scotland.”

England host Scotland at Wembley on Friday night as they look to guarantee qualification from the group stages and Ince has made his prediction for the game.

The former Manchester United midfielder added: “Scotland need something from this game. If they lose, they’re out of the tournament. There were such high hopes for Scotland’s squad, they’ve got brilliant players like Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay. They’re good enough to qualify for the next stage, but they’ve got to get past England first, which is tough.

“England were superb for 20 minutes against Croatia, after that it was a professional job. England must raise their game, though I can’t see us losing. It will be a repeat of the result in Euro 96: England 2 Scotland 0.

“Raheem Sterling is a player that English fans pick out for criticism, but he’s always been very good for England, and it was great to see him get his goal against Croatia. I fancy Sterling to score again, with Harry Kane getting the other goal.”

But Ince has warned England that they cannot afford to take Scotland lightly, he continued: “At Euro 96 we faced Scotland in the second match and that was huge. We drew against the Swiss and knew we had to win.

“We made mistakes, sometimes saying, ‘we should roll over the Scottish team’. It didn’t pan out that way at Wembley in ’96, Scotland played really well.

“People talk about Gazza’s goal, but the pivotal moment was David Seaman’s wonderful penalty save from Gary McAllister. We won comfortably and that was a turning point for us in the tournament, and positivity emanated from the press and England fans.

“England can’t believe this is a foregone conclusion because, even though Scotland got turned over by the Czechs, we can’t think it’s going to be easy and Gareth will tell the squad that.”

 

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