West Brom midfielder Conor Gallagher admitted he still had “learning” to do after playing for the England under-21s against Andorra.
Gallagher gave away a penalty on just his sixth cap for the under-21s, but has enjoyed a good start to the season with West Brom, after joining on loan from Chelsea over the summer.
Speaking after the match, the 20-year-old said that he was keen to take his chance and praised the level of strength in depth.
“We’re all 20, 21 and even younger, but he wants us to play maturely and with experience which a lot of us do have,” he said (via The Sun).
“So there’s definitely still learning for us. The amount of young English talent around the country is amazing. We have 17-year-olds in our squad. There is a lot of competition but it’s all healthy. When you get a chance to show what you can do, you have to take your chance.”
Asked about the progress of Jude Bellingham, who earned a call up to the senior squad, Gallagher added: “It gives every young England player hope. I think there have been 22 players in the last four years who have gone up to the seniors from the 21s which is obviously a very high number. Having boys like Jude to go up to the seniors is great to see.”
Gallagher has made an impressive start to life at The Hawthorns, playing 90 minutes in each of the Baggies last four league matches.
Displaying excellent energy and desire, he looks to get forward and has averaged 1 shot and 1.5 completed dribbles per match this season (via WhoScored). Meanwhile, only Filip Krovinovic has completed more final third entry passes per 90 minutes than Gallagher (via FBRef).
Despite playing in a struggling side, the Chelsea academy graduate has clearly made an impression on England under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd and there is little doubt that he can start to add goals and assists to his game as this season goes on.
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