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Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher isn’t giving up on his England World Cup dream just yet after being dropped

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Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher isn’t giving up on his World Cup dream in England after being dropped from the Under 21s… as he reveals he had a chat with Gareth Southgate about what it takes to get back into the team

  • Conor Gallagher wants to give himself the best chance to make it to the World Cup
  • The midfielder was kicked out of the senior squad by boss Gareth Southgate
  • In the meantime, Gallagher wants to do well with the England U21s team

Conor Gallagher has not given up hope of forcing a place in England’s World Cup squad after talks with Gareth Southgate.

The four-cap midfielder was relegated to Under-21 this month but played a key role in their win in Italy on Thursday night.

Southgate chose James Ward-Prowse over Gallagher for Qatar’s final caps, giving the Chelsea man a tough job.

Conor Gallagher is not giving up on his dream of playing at the World Cup in Qatar in November

Gareth Southgate chose James Ward-Prowse (pictured) over Gallagher in his England squad

Gareth Southgate chose James Ward-Prowse (pictured) over Gallagher in his England squad

“Of course you could say it was hard not being part of the squad in this camp,” Gallagher said.

‘But I took it on the chin. Gareth spoke to me and told me what I need to do to give myself the best chance of getting into the squad.

“They were the things you’d expect. Just regular football, consistently performing well, those are the most important things. I am very happy and grateful that he said that. I’m going to work as hard as I can and try to impress him to give myself the best chance.”

Under-21 manager Lee Carsley praised Gallagher’s application last week. Others have grumbled after falling from seniors in the past, but Gallagher has remained committed.

“It’s always an honor to play for England, whether it’s the seniors or the Under-21,” Gallagher added.

England U21s manager Lee Carsley (pictured) praised Gallagher's application to training

England U21s manager Lee Carsley (pictured) praised Gallagher’s application to training

“The best thing for me is to show a good attitude. Of course it (a good attitude) makes all the difference and looks good on paper.

“But I really want to do well for the Under 21s and do well for Lee and help the team as much as possible. I’m part of the squad and I’m here to do well and help win the games.” Gallagher will be seen on Tuesday when the Young Lions host Germany and will then have to fight for Graham Potter’s attention at Stamford Bridge.

“It’s been difficult because he’s been thrown in right away with important games,” said the 22-year-old. “It was also a difficult start to the season.

“He seems like a really nice guy and also a very good coach. Everyone at Chelsea is excited to work with him. Hopefully it’s a fresh start and I can play a little more regularly. That’s what my goal is.’

Gallagher has admitted looking forward to working with Graham Potter (pictured)

Gallagher has admitted looking forward to working with Graham Potter (pictured)

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