The 22-year-old’s selection was a big surprise considering he hasn’t been a regular starter at Stamford Bridge this season.
The midfielder was impressive during his loan stint at Crystal Palace last term. He made 34 appearances in the English top flight, contributing eight goals and three assists (stats from Transfermarkt).
However, his return to the Blues has seen him make just six league starts this season. But Southgate still believes Gallagher brings something different to his midfield options.
Chelsea manager Potter is delighted to see one of his players receiving a call-up for the World Cup in Qatar.
He said (as per football.london): “It’s not something I gave too much thought to, if I’m being honest. It’s nice for Conor, fantastic for us, and great for him.
“He’s going to have a really positive experience, I think. I’m delighted for him because he’s worked really hard and he’s a fantastic person. So it’s nice.”
Gallagher is a hugely talented midfielder who is known for his versatility. He can play as a box-to-box midfielder but can also be used in a deeper and attacking role.
The England international has earned 411 minutes in the English top-flight this season, averaging 1.5 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 0.5 clearances per game (as per WhoScored).
He has contributed a goal and an assist this season while he has also completed 80.9 percent of his passes.
The Blues academy graduate received his first call-up to the national squad in November last year and made his debut against San Marino. He has earned three more caps since then but is yet to score a goal.
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