Chelsea head coach Graham Potter will give Conor Gallagher further first-team opportunities and give him a fair shot at impressing England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the World Cup.
Gallagher made his England debut last season while on loan at Crystal Palace, but was demoted back to the Under-21 squad for the September internationals after a slow start to the new campaign.
The midfielder scored a stunning winner on his return to Selhurst Park on Saturday, clinching a valuable 2-1 comeback win for Chelsea. His celebration was muted and he was clapped off by Palace supporters at full-time.
Speaking post-match, Potter revealed that Gallagher will get further opportunities in the manic month ahead.
“We’ve got a really intense period – 12 games in six-and-a-half-weeks, something like that. We need everybody; it’s impossible to play with 11 players. So Conor will get his time, will get his chances, his opportunities to perform,” Potter said.
“We have to try and help the team perform in a good way so all individuals can play well in it, and then who knows – that [Gallagher getting back into the England squad] is something out of my control.
“I hope it’s the start of a very successful Chelsea career. He is a young player, you can see the influence he had at Crystal Palace last year but it’s another step, a different step.
“Like anything you have to adapt, maybe the team hasn’t functioned as well as is optimal for any player.
“All the players maybe haven’t performed as they would have liked to, but that’s the work and what we would like to do.
“I really like him. He’s a fantastic kid, first of all, gives everything every day. Desperate to do well, desperate to play for Chelsea, desperate to be successful here, so that’s a great starting point. You’re not going to get anyone better than him in terms of wanting to do well.
“Then it’s about finding the right balance for him in the team, the team to perform maximally helps all the players. But in terms of Conor as a person he has been A1.”
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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