ERIN CUTHBERT: My friend Billy Gilmour can shine for Scotland at Euro 2020

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ERIN CUTHBERT: My friend Billy Gilmour showed exactly why Thomas Tuchel trusted him in Chelsea’s Champions League squad… now he can shine for Scotland at Euro 2020

Erin Cuthbert has backed Billy Gilmour to cover his meteoric rise by running Scotland’s midfield at Euro 2020 if asked.

The national team duo have a remarkably similar backstory, both hailing from Ayrshire and signing for Rangers as youth before moving to Chelsea.

The pair have made their way to the first teams with club and country and both reached the Champions League final this season with the Stamford Bridge club.

Billy Gilmour has been backed to shine at this summer's Euro 2020 by club mate Erin Cuthbert

Billy Gilmour has been backed to shine at this summer’s Euro 2020 by club mate Erin Cuthbert

Cuthbert’s side lost 4-0 to Barcelona in Gothenburg, but the attacker watched with delight as 19-year-old Gilmour picked up a winner’s medal as the Blues defeated Manchester City 1-0.

Gilmour went on to make his first two appearances in Scotland for seniors against the Netherlands and Luxembourg and if Clarke gave him the nod at Euro 2020, Cuthbert would be confident he would make it.

“I was thrilled for Billy when Chelsea won the Champions League and to top it all off, he was selected by Scotland for the European Championship,” she said. Sports post.

“It must have been a dream week for Billy. We are always in touch and I will make sure to wish him the best for the tournament.

“Everyone knows that Billy is a special talent. I remember watching him for Chelsea v Liverpool and he came in and took charge of the midfield.

Erin Cuthbert has had a similar experience to Gilmour and both now play for Chelsea

Erin Cuthbert has had a similar experience to Gilmour and both now play for Chelsea

Erin Cuthbert has had a similar experience to Gilmour and both now play for Chelsea

“It was like he was a senior player. He automatically commanded respect by demanding the ball and sending players like Jorginho where he wanted the ball. He managed the midfield.

“Thomas Tuchel has said how very happy he is with Billy. He wouldn’t be in the Champions League final if Tuchel didn’t trust him.

“If Billy is called up during the European Championship, he will be ready to lead Scotland’s midfield.”

Cuthbert, who hails from Irvine, admits having Ardrossan’s Gilmour as a Chelsea club mate has been a huge help.

She smiled: ‘It’s nice to hear a Scottish accent in London and to have someone who understands Scottish banter.

Steve Clarke's men are in a group next to England, Croatia and the Czech Republic

Steve Clarke's men are in a group next to England, Croatia and the Czech Republic

Steve Clarke’s men are in a group next to England, Croatia and the Czech Republic

‘We have a similar story. We came to Chelsea at a young age, we never had it easy, we had to work for everything and we always had to fight for our place in the first team.

“We even joked that if we both won the Champions League this season, we could have our own open-top bus in London. We made our own rules!

“Unfortunately, our Champions League final against Barcelona didn’t go the way we wanted, but I was buzzing about Billy.”

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