Gallagher thanks Patrick Vieira after England chance
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Gallagher thanks Patrick Vieira after England chance

Conor Gallagher has thanked Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira for helping earn his England debut.

The 21-year-old has been superb for Palace since joining them in the summer on a loan deal from Chelsea FC where he is yet to make an appearance.

His outing with his club saw him earn a call up to the England national set-up for the absent Mason Mount and went ahead to make his senior international debut on Monday night when he replaced Kalvin Phillips for the second half of the San Marino slaughter.

“Working under Patrick is amazing. He was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League so to learn from him is brilliant. He helps me a lot, tactically, and most importantly, which is really good, is how he knows my strengths and tells me what to do in terms of that.

“That means I am allowed to make the box and do what I do best which is part of the reason why I've had a good start to the season," he said.

While he isn't assured of his place in the team, Gallagher believes he has what it takes to be a regular but admitted it will be tough considering the type of talent available for Southgate.

“I have seen the quality and the number of good players in this squad is amazing, the talent is very, very high. It will be a tough squad to get into. I am just thinking about this season with Crystal Palace, doing the best I can for them, and doing as well as we can in the Premier League.

“That's most important for me now. And if I continue to do well with them and carry on scoring a few goals there's a chance to be in this England team," he added.

Attention for the midfielder now shifts to the Premier League where they will be up against Burnley this weekend.

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