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Crystal Palace: Conor Gallagher shone on the international stage

England eased past San Marino with ease on Monday night, securing their place in the 2022 World Cup after seeing off the minnows 10-0.

It was the first time the Three Lions has ever hit double figures in a competitive fixture, and the first they’d done so on any occasion since they beat the USA 10-0 in New York back in 1964.

There were first international goals for Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe and Aston Villa captain Tyrone Mings, while Harry Kane sent a number of records tumbling.

He became the third-highest England scorer after bagging four strikes in the first half, set a new high of 13 for his country in a calendar year, and also became just the fourth player to score a hat-trick in consecutive Three Lions’ games.

But it was a debutant who was introduced at half-time who really caught the eye from a Crystal Palace perspective.

Should Gallagher be starting for England?

Yes, definitely!

Yes, definitely!

No way!

No way!

Conor Gallagher was rewarded for his impressive start to the season with a late call-up to the senior squad, and Palace podcaster HLTCO expressed his delight at the news.

He wrote on Twitter: “Conor Gallagher has been a truly transformative force in the Palace midfield since joining the club. I’m over the moon for him, it’s a richly deserved call-up for one of the most energetic footballers I’ve ever had the joy of watching.”

And the 21-year-old certainly took his chance with an eye-catching 45-minute runout at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, showing no signs of nerves on the night.

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As per SofaScore, Gallagher achieved a remarkable passing accuracy of 98%, had 55 touches and successfully picked out a teammate with both of his attempted long balls.

The Eagles loanee also completed both his dribbles, found a colleague with two of his three crosses and won four of his six duels, highlighting his efficient display for Southgate’s charges.

It’s now a long wait until the next international break in March, but Gallagher will be hoping to carry on his good form until then, earning another chance to impress on the big stage.

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