Graeme Souness was his usual outspoken self after Scotland kept their hopes of reaching the Euro 2020 knockout stages alive with a 0-0 draw against England on Friday night.
England only registered one shot on target against their historic rivals, leaving Gary Neville to label them “lackluster” in the post-match analysis and Ian Wright to question Gareth Southgate’s substitutions.
Proud Scot Souness, who was capped 54 times by his country, was keen to commend how Steve Clarke’s men performed on the night, and singled out Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour for praise.
The former Liverpool midfielder looked visibly frustrated that his fellow ITV pundits weren’t giving Scotland enough praise as they focused on England’s creative failings.
“Throughout the 90 minutes you saw that Scottish players were putting their bodies on the line. I want to make this point, people will say Scotland were passionate and they worked harder than England. They did that, but they played better,” Souness said.
“Their passing was better, their movement was better. Billy Gilmour was the best midfielder on the pitch. Don’t leave thinking it was Scotland’s effort that got them to where they were, they were a good team tonight.”
But the 68-year-old couldn’t help but echo the criticisms of Southgate’s team, and questioned the effectiveness of captain Harry Kane. “Football ain’t coming home with that team, I can tell ya!” was his withering assessment.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 18, 2021