Reece James has heaped praise on Chelsea colleague, Billy Gilmour, ahead of England and Scotland’s European Championship clash on June 18, labelling him as one of the biggest prospects in the game.
James, who joined up with the England camp a little later than most following his fantastic performance in the Champions League final, will play in his first major competition at the rearranged Euros – which get underway tonight – as will Gilmour.
Even though England vs Scotland is a traditionally feisty fixture, James kept the peace and has spoken highly of his Chelsea teammate.
“Billy is one of the best young lads coming through at Chelsea and one of the best young lads coming through in the world as well,” he said.
“He’s a great lad and I think that his ability speaks for itself.”
James’ words on Gilmour are remarkably similar to those of Manchester United legend Roy Keane, as both agree that the Scotsman has a huge future ahead of him.
Speaking on Sky Sports after a man of the match performance by Gilmour in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton in March 2020, Keane said: “As the game started I literally got out of my seat, which I very rarely do, and I thought, ‘Who is this kid?’
“There are certain traits you want from a midfielder, quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure.
“He had everything, it was one of the best performances I have seen in a long, long time.
“I bet he’s thinking, ‘What’s the fuss around?’ He makes it look very, very easy.”
Friendships will be thrown out of the window for 90 minutes when the two enemies collide at Wembley and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top between the promising pair