Scotland’s O’Donnell put off Grealish by “telling him how good looking he was”

Scotland star Stephen O'Donnell has revealed how he aimed to put off Jack Grealish by complimenting his appearance at Wembley.

O'Donnell nullified the threat of Grealish as the Scots earned a memorable point as underdogs against England.

The Three Lions couldn't break down a resilient Scottish defence in a frustrating stalemate, even after the arrival of Grealish from the bench.

Aston Villa star Grealish came up against right back O'Donnell after joining the action in the 63rd minute.

And Grealish's Villa teammate John McGinn told Hibernian's O'Donnell how he could put the playmaker off.

Rather than aiming digs, McGinn advised O'Donnell to flatter Grealish with compliments.

"I was just getting a wee bit fed up at that stage of the game, he'd just come on, he was nice and fresh," O'Donnell told ScotlandHQ Live.

"Normally when the fresh wingers come on that's when you're a bit tired so I thought "I just need to hit him here", because I was getting fed up of him trying to take the mick out of me so I gave him a wee hit.

"Thankfully John McGinn had given me some tips, he said if he comes on you need to be nibbling in his ear but don't be critical, be complimentary.

"So the full time he was on I was telling him how good looking he was and I love his calves and asking him how he got his hair to look like that.

"He (McGinn) said if you tell him he's hopeless or kick him really, really hard, he gets up and gives it back at you. Maybe that was the advantage over Jack Grealish the other night."

McGinn's advice was effective as Grealish failed to have an influence in his cameo from the bench after replacing Manchester City star Phil Foden.

Scotland's draw at Wembley gives them a chance of progressing through to the knockout rounds with victory over Croatia in their final group game.

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