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Conor Gallagher will travel to the Qatar World Cup with the intention of doing more than just making up numbers, according to his Chelsea manager Graham Potter.

The midfielder was one of the most surprising inclusions in Gareth Southgate’s England squad named on Thursday afternoon, with just four senior international caps to his name so far and dropping to Under-21s for the recent September round of matches.

However, Potter believes the 22-year-old will be determined to work his way into Southgate’s squad during the tournament and make an impression on the pitch to a global audience.

“It’s a wonderful experience for him and a wonderful opportunity,” Potter said. “I know he’s going to grab it with everything he’s got and make the most of it.” It will certainly come back better.

‘I don’t think he’ll say he’s surprised [at the call-up] because he will have confidence in himself and his abilities, but he also has a humility where he knows it’s the England team and it’s the World Cup.

“There’s always a part of you that thinks ‘wow, I’m into it’, and I think that’s good. That’s what they do really well here at the Academy in terms of producing not just top footballers, but also good people.

Gallagher was at Cobham when he learned he was part of the 26-man Three Lions squad, although Potter admitted it wasn’t until Friday that he caught up with the Chelsea Academy graduate for him offer appropriate congratulations.

‘I didn’t see him right away, only briefly as he was going out [for training], so I kinda missed him,” he continued. “I will catch up with him in detail but I just left him.

“I think he had a lot of business stuff to do and a lot of people to talk to – I was the last person he wanted to talk to after being called up to England!”

Potter then assessed Gallagher’s start to the season at club level and the form that earned him a World Cup call-up, pointing out that his goalscoring threat was particularly significant even though the final has yet to be there for him. him. his only goal this quarter.

“He’s very calm but I have to say he’s a really impressive young man in terms of how he handles things, how he conducts himself and how he trains and gives his best. all the time,” he added.

“You can see how he plays the game with intensity, he can make things happen and he has a knack for finding solutions on the pitch, so I really enjoyed working with him.”

“In another world he might have scored a few goals for us because he had some good scoring opportunities. It’s sometimes the hardest thing to get there, but he does it and could have scored five Premier League goals.

“There won’t be a problem from him whether he gets selected or not, which is also important if you’re in a group and a team, but he has the quality to help.”

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