Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher receives his first call-up for England’s senior team for the final World Cup qualifying match against San Marino
- Conor Gallagher has received his first call-up to the England senior team
- The Crystal Palace midfielder has delivered excellent performances this season
- Gallagher will join the squad against San Marino after several withdrawals
Conor Gallagher has received his first call-up for England’s senior team ahead of Monday’s final World Cup qualifying game in San Marino.
The Chelsea borrower has had excellent performances for Crystal Palace this season and could now be rewarded with his first senior internationalization.
Gallagher had previously been part of England’s Under-21 squad, but has now been promoted to the senior squad, and confirmation of his promotion is expected to follow on Sunday.
Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher has been called up for the England senior team
The 21-year-old has represented England at all levels from the Under-17s onwards and has played 13 times for the Under-21s.
This season, Gallagher has been one of the most striking players in the Premier League, scoring four goals and providing two assists in ten games for Palace.
Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse were named to Gareth Southgate’s squad for this set of international matches, but both players had to withdraw due to injury.
Mason Mount, meanwhile, missed the game against Albania after undergoing dental surgery and is unlikely to face San Marino, where England need a point to secure their place in the 2022 World Cup.
Gareth Southgate has called Gallagher to his team to increase his options in midfield
Gallagher has had some flashy performances on loan at the Palace this season.
Emile Smith Rowe, who also received a late call to the squad after being initially selected for the Under-21s, made his substitute debut in the win against Albania on Friday.
A product of the Chelsea academy, Gallagher is on his fourth loan period away from Stamford Bridge, having spent time with Charlton Athletic, Swansea and West Brom.
Born in England, he is also eligible to represent Scotland or the Republic of Ireland due to his heritage.