Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher has been named to England’s senior squad for the first time.
The 21-year-old was excluded from the three lions’ original party ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino, despite making a number of impressive performances for Palace.
But after playing for the U-21s earlier this week and playing 89 minutes in a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic, Gallagher has now been called up by Gareth Southgate for England’s match against San Marino.
“I’m really happy and excited to be called up to the senior squad. I’m determined to make the most of the experience and know I have a lot of hard work to do,” Gallagher told the Palace’s official website after receiving the news. .
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me in my career so far and I will do my best to make them proud.”
At the same time as England announced Gallagher’s inclusion, England revealed that five players currently in the squad will not travel to San Marino.
Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish have returned to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively for further injury assessments, while Raheem Sterling is missing due to a personal matter.
Mason Mount and Luke Shaw, who missed the victory over Albania due to dental surgery and concussion problems, will not be linked to the squad either.
Gallagher will train with the rest of England’s players at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground before flying out to Monday’s match. His call is the reward for a fine loan at Crystal Palace so far; one who has seen him flourish in a creative midfield role from box-to-box.