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Chelsea on-loan star handed first England call up

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In light of an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace this season, Conor Gallagher has received his first senior England call-up.

England manager Gareth Southgate has handed Conor Gallagher a first call-up to the senior squad.

The 21-year-old midfielder, a product of the Chelsea youth system, is on his fourth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge at London rivals Crystal Palace.

In only 10 appearances, Gallagher has supplied four goals and two assists for the Eagles. He has thrived under Patrick Vieira’s leadership, prompting Southgate to award him a first England call-up.

“Conor Gallagher has received his first senior call up to the England senior men’s squad,” read a statement. “The Crystal Palace loanee will train with the group at Tottenham Hotspur’s Training Ground before traveling with the squad for Monday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier in San Marino.”

Gallagher, who has represented England at youth level, previously spent time on loan at Charlton Athletic, Swansea City, and West Brom from Chelsea.

Who is out of the England squad?

Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, and Luke Shaw are all out of the squad.

The England national team confirmed the five players will miss Monday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Henderson and Grealish have returned to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. Sterling is out for personal reasons, Mount needs dental surgery, and Shaw had a concussion.