Gallagher thanks Viera for helping

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Gallagher thanks Viera for helping to sharpen his pace until he’s in the England squad.

Conor Gallagher has credited Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira for helping him develop into the England squad.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder made his debut for Gareth Southgate in Monday night’s clash with San Marino as a substitute before his side thrashed their opponents 10-0

earlier in the day. Southgate admits Gallagher’s form is difficult to ignore. He has spent time with Charlton, Swansea and West Brom before making his mark this season at Selhurst Park.

“Working under a trick that’s great,” Gallagher said, “He is a midfielder, the best in the Premier League, to learn from him and work under him was awesome”

“He helped me a lot. In terms of learning tactics and most importantly, he knows my strengths and tells me what to do to get the most out of it. Which is part of the reason why I started the season well.”

Gallagher was initially called up to the England Under-21 squad during the international break in November. But was called up to the first team after several players withdrew due to minor injuries.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to be here at all,” he added. “I’m with the U21 team to prepare for our next game. That’s when I got a call from Gareth to join the senior team. I was very happy at that time. “Premier League.