“Chelsea player isn’t ready to play for England yet” – Premier League manager claims

Despite his brilliant start to the season, Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira doesn’t believe Conor Gallagher is ready to play for England just yet.

Gallagher, who is on a season-long loan deal at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, has scored two goals in the Premier League this season.

“This is the biggest problem in our world, when we have one or two performances, we always think that he deserves a national call and I still believe that he needs to be more consistent in his performance,” Vieira said.

“I think he has abilities but I believe – as well – it is too early for the call for him.

“He still has to improve but all the credit to Chelsea because he’s not just a really good footballer, he’s a good human being and he’s a really good person as well.

“We’ve been working with him and talking with him and I think his time will come.

“But first what he needs to do is to perform on a consistent basis to allow him to go higher to the international level, but he needs to perform well week in week out with us, with the under-21s and that will allow him to go to the national team – but at the moment I think his focus has to be with us.

“How can he repeat these kind of performances that he’s had over the last couple of matches.”

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