England: Gallagher called up to senior squad for San Marino clash
Having impressed for Crystal Palace this season, Conor Gallagher has the chance to earn his first senior England cap in World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Crystal Palace's on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher has been rewarded for his fine performances for the Eagles with a maiden call-up to the senior England squad.
Gallagher impressing at Palace after fine season at West Brom
The Chelsea-owned player enjoyed a promising debut campaign in the Premier League last season with West Brom, impressing despite their relegation.
He won the Baggies' Young Player of the Year award and subsequently secured another temporary move within the top flight, joining Patrick Vieira's Palace.
At Selhurst Park, Gallagher has been a standout performer, earning a nomination for the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Month award for October.
A regular at under-21 level, Gallagher will link up with the senior squad in the hope of featuring against San Marino on Monday, with England requiring a point to seal their qualification for the World Cup.
Henderson, Grealish, Mount and Sterling all out for England
Several players will not be available for Gareth Southgate, however. Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish have returned to their clubs for injury assessments, Mason Mount will miss out due to dental surgery, Luke Shaw has concussion and Raheem Sterling has a "personal matter" to attend to.
Nevertheless, it offers Gallagher a great opportunity to stake a claim with Qatar 2022 a little over a year away.
He was arguably unlucky not to be called up ahead of Friday's win over Albania, such has been his start to the season with Palace.
Six goal involvements for Gallagher this season
Gallagher has been involved in six goals, four of which he has scored himself, and created another 17 opportunities – no other Palace player can better him in any of those metrics.
There are also only eight Premier League midfielders to attempt more tackles (26) and complete more dribbles (12) than Gallagher this term, while his 65 wins in duels see him ranked third, evidence of the well-rounded qualities he will bring to Southgate's squad.