‘He’s fantastic at pressing the ball and can score goals’ – Gareth Southgate praise Chelsea star

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England boss Gareth Southgate has explained why Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher made England World Cup squad.

Asked why he picked Gallagher, Southgate explained: “He’s fantastic at pressing the ball and I think there are going to be moments in these games where we need certain attributes and there are any number of players in this squad with different attributes to be able to utilise at those moments.

“And we feel he could be that sort of a player. So he’s not as experienced with us as some of the others, but he has an impact in games, he’s got a goal threat.

“When you talk about midfield players you look at: do they stop goals? Do they create goals? Do they score goals? He does a little bit of all of that, actually.

“We were really pleased with the way he responded to being left out of our squad [in September], he went with the Under-21s, performed really well, his mentality was excellent.

“And it’s a great example that if you approach it in that way, there’s always a route back with us and he’s managed to achieve that straight away.”