England boss Gareth Southgate has explained why he finally called Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher to his England team.
According to Southgate, he has followed Gallagher’s progress for a long time.
Gallagher was called up to the England squad on Sunday after a number of England stars such as Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson and Luke Shaw exited the squad.
Southgate said: “We’ve been very impressed with him. We’ve tracked Conor for quite a long time. His loan spells at Charlton, at Swansea, we knew the staff there very well. At West Brom and now at Crystal Palace.
“At each loan he’s done extremely well. Started the season very well at Palace and we talked about him when we named the original squad as someone who we were keen to keep an eye on.
“I suppose it’s one of the benefits of being with the under-21s. It was an easy transition for us to bring him across, already covid tested and going from one bubble to the other was straightforward.
“That’s not to say he’s only here because of that, he’s here because he deserves to be here.”
Gallagher has impressed for his loan club Crystal Palace, scoring 4 goals and providing 2 assists in 10 Premier League games.