Gilmour out of Scotland-Croatia after testing positive for COVID-19

    Billy Gilmour will miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 clash against Croatia after testing positive for COVID-19.

    The Chelsea midfielder must self-isolate for a period of 10 days, ruling him out of Tuesday’s Group D contest which Steve Clarke’s men must win to have a chance of making the last 16.

    A short statement from the Scottish Football Association read: “The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland National Team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for COVID-19.

    “Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden.”

    It represents a huge blow for Scotland after Gilmour was named man of the match for his display in the goalless draw against England at Wembley.

    The 20-year-old led Scotland for passes (44), completed passes (40) and passes in the opposition half (24), while he gained possession eight times, more than anyone else on the pitch.

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    Scotland ended the match with more attempts (11-9) and shots on target (2-1) than England, though the hosts edged the xG battle (1.6-0.7).

    Clarke’s men must secure victory at Hampden Park. Both Scotland and Croatia are on one point after two games, with England and the Czech Republic – who face off at Wembley – each on four.

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