Internationals: Chelsea trio help England to easy win, Gilmour returns

England play Belgium away on Sunday and then host Iceland next week in a UEFA Nations League double-header.

Earlier on Thursday, Billy Gilmour’s return to action after a lengthy injury lay-off was short but not sweet. Brought on with half-an-hour left of Scotland Under-21’s European Championship qualifier at home to Croatia, Gilmour saw his country complete a comeback from 2-0 down to 2-2, before he was dismissed for dissent with 73 minutes played after disputing a decision.

It finished 2-2 at Tynecastle so Scotland’s Under-21 side still have a chance at qualifying for next year’s tournament. They play Greece away on Tuesday, although Gilmour will be suspended.

In Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, Baba Rahman started for Ghana as they beat Sudan 2-0 in Cape Coast. Swansea’s Andre Ayew scored a goal in each half to secure a deserved victory. Another on Tuesday, this time away to Sudan, will guarantee the Black Stars a place at the next Africa Cup of Nations, due to be held in Cameroon in early 2022.

Matt Miazga featured throughout for the USA as they and Wales played out a goalless draw in Cardiff. Ethan Ampadu was an unused substitute for the friendly, with Christian Pulisic having returned to Cobham earlier this week to continue his recovery from injury.

In other international news, congratulations to former Chelsea defender and assistant manager Steve Clarke, who guided Scotland to qualification for next summer’s European Championships after they beat Serbia on penalties. It will be their first major tournament in 23 years and they will be in the same group as England. Hungary, North Macedonia and Slovakia were the other nations to qualify tonight.