Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher not giving up on his England World Cup dream just yet after being dropped

Conor Gallagher has not given up hope of forcing a way into England’s World Cup squad after talks with Gareth Southgate.

The four-cap midfielder was demoted to the Under 21s this month but played a starring role during their victory in Italy on Thursday night.

Southgate picked the likes of James Ward-Prowse over Gallagher for the final international matches before Qatar, leaving the Chelsea man with an uphill task.

‘Obviously you can say it was difficult that I wasn’t part of the squad in this camp,’ Gallagher said.

‘But I took it on the chin. Gareth spoke to me and said what I need to do to give myself the best chance to get in the squad.

‘It was the things that you would expect. Just regular football, performing well consistently, those are the most important things. I’m very happy and thankful that he said that. I’m going to work as hard as I can and try to impress him to give myself the biggest chance.’

Under-21 manager Lee Carsley has praised Gallagher’s application over the past week. Others have sulked after dropping down from the seniors in the past, yet Gallagher has remained committed.

‘It’s always an honour to play for England, whether that’s in the seniors or for the Under-21s,’ Gallagher added.

‘The best thing for me is to show good attitude. Of course it (a good attitude) makes a difference and it looks good on paper.

‘But I genuinely want to do well for the Under 21s and do well for Lee and help the team as much as I can. I’m part of the squad and here to do well and to help win the games.’ Gallagher is set to feature when the Young Lions host Germany on Tuesday and will then have to fight for Graham Potter’s attention at Stamford Bridge.

‘It’s been tough because he’s been thrown straight in with important games,’ the 22-year-old said. ‘It’s been a tough start to the season too.

‘He seems like a really nice guy and a really good coach as well. Everyone at Chelsea is excited to work with him. Hopefully it’s a fresh start and I can start playing a bit more regularly. That’s what my aim is.’

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    Captain Giovanni di Lorenzo, Piotr Zielinski, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and substitute Giovanni Simeone added the other goals for the Italian league leaders, after Mohammed Kudus had given the hosts the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

    Napoli, who might have scored more such was their dominance, have a 100% record at the halfway point in Group A, leaving Ajax with three points from their opening three games and in danger of missing out on next yearâs knockout stages after their biggest defeat in European football.

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    Spurs created plenty of opportunities in Germany with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min guilty of failing to make the most of several openings during the Group D tie.

    While the Premier League club were able to bounce back after last weekend’s humbling loss at rivals Arsenal with a potentially key point, they have now gone seven matches without winning away from home in European competitions.

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    ‘At the same time, we have to be more clinical. We have to be more clinical because we created many, many chances to score and instead at the end, we are talking about a draw.

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    Spurs forward Kane dragged an effort wide soon after, from a Son pass, before the South Korea international fired off target from a promising position at the end of the first half.

    Son curled another effort wide early into the second period and – while Kane finally tested Kevin Trapp with nine minutes left – there would be no late goal at Deutsche Bank Park to leave Group D finely poised with Sporting Lisbon top on six points, Tottenham and Frankfurt in joint-second with four points and Marseille bottom on three points.

    Conte added: ‘For me the most important thing is to create chances to score.

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    ‘The game was good for us and we played with a great personality here. Then we will see in one week (what happens) when we have another game against them.’

    The Italian’s midfield star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was in agreement with his manager, and admitted that Spurs found it difficult to create clear cut chances in the game.

    Telling BT Sport: ‘Not 100% happy. I thought we prepared until the box well. We found the spaces well, we tried to get in behind or between them and we did that well but the opportunities we had we didn’t use them to get a clear chance. Disappointing, it is easy to say, but the last bite needed a bit.

    ‘I thought we took the game well, we tried to be dominant. We tried to find the spaces and tried to overcome the first pressure.

    ‘If you cannot win, you don’t lose the game. The team presented themselves very maturely. From that side I thought it was good. We are here and we are competing, we want to win every game we play but today we couldn’t do it.’

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