Gary Neville says Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice will start against Scotland

June 18, 2021
By: Jamie Jones

Gary Neville has said that he does not think that Kalvin Phillips or Declan Rice will be dropped for England’s Euro 2020 game against Scotland.

England kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 win against Croatia at Wembley Stadium in London last weekend.

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the Group D game in the second half after Leeds United midfielder Phillips had found him with a great ball.

The Three Lions will next face Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Friday evening.

Former Manchester United and England international defender Neville believes that West Ham star Rice and Leeds ace Phillips will start as the double-pivot against Scotland.

Neville told Sky Sports: ”I think what we saw against Croatia was Southgate’s reaction to what all of us were thinking pre-tournament; that their weakness is defence, and that they’re going to need to keep clean sheets if they’re going to win this tournament.

“That double pivot, or the two midfield players in front of the back four, isn’t going to change, you can be absolutely sure of that.”

The Englishman added: “I feel Harry Kane is undroppable in this England team, but I’d put Declan Rice pretty much up there at the moment, he’s going to play every game.

“I think Kalvin Phillips now, with the way he played against Croatia, is going to play alongside him. I don’t see Southgate changing that. They’ve got a good partnership, good rotation in midfield, they pass well together, and they’re certainly more ahead in their fitness than Jordan Henderson at this time.”

England can be backed to win 2-0 against Scotland at 7/1 on Betfair.

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