Gary Neville forced to make England admission after Celtic star's display
Gary Neville admitted that the England midfield was not as good as the Scotland one last night, as Celtic star Callum McGregor helped his country to a 0-0 result.
McGregor produced an excellent display in the middle of the park, alongside Billy Gilmour and John McGinn.
The trio outshone their opponents – which included much-hyped talents Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Mason Mount.
Neville was left unhappy after the match. He specifically noted the midfield battle as a key problem for the Wembley hosts.
He told broadcaster ITV [18/06, 21:50]: “I don’t know what Gareth will be thinking in terms of how he corrects that for the next game because they looked lethargic. I don’t know, was it too big for them in terms of expectation? For a few of those lads it was probably the biggest game they’ve played in.
“Sometimes all the media before the game can sometimes mentally take it out of you. I have to say from the very first few minutes the balls played towards Dykes and Adams they got encouragement from that.
“England never won the ball high up the pitch. The three midfield players for Scotland, they were better on the ball than the three midfield players for England.
“Pickford handled himself well in set pieces and made a few good saves. He was the only one who I can think of played at the level (required). All over the pitch Scotland were better and those physical levels need looking at because they were so lacklustre.”
McGregor and other Celtic stars such as Ryan Christie and James Forrest now move on to a massive match against Croatia at Hampden on Tuesday night. Victory in that one will see the country progress from the group of a major tournament for the first time in history.
It’s an exciting time for Scottish football and hype levels will likely be through the roof come next week. However, it’s important that the players focus and recognise nothing tangible has been achieved yet.
Scotland still need to score a goal at Euro 2020 after all. Fingers cross it’s coming!