Gallagher in line for England chance

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Gareth Southgate says Conor Gallagher will “have a chance” to impress for England as the Three Lions prepare for Tuesday’s 19:45 Nations League clash against Hungary at Molineux (England 1/4, Draw 5/1, Hungary 12/1 – Match Result).

England have endured a disappointing start to their Nations League campaign and they sit bottom of Group A3 in two points, having lost 1-0 to Hungary before recording back-to-back draws with Germany and Italy.

The Three Lions have only managed to score one goal during this period – that being Harry Kane’s penalty in the 1-1 draw with Germany – and Southgate has spoken about the need for other members of the squad to help out the captain in the final third.

Of the current squad, Gallagher (11/5 – Anytime Goalscorer) is the only player yet to be used other the three games and there have been calls for him to be handed an opportunity, given the fact he scored eight goals and registered three assists on loan at Crystal Palace during the 2021/22 campaign.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s contest in Wolverhampton, Southgate didn’t confirm whether the midfielder would start but he insisted there could be a chance for him to show what he can do.

“He’ll have a chance,” the England boss said at his press conference. “The reason is just the teams we’ve picked, the formations we’ve picked, haven’t necessarily fitted up to this point.

“Also, you have to earn your England caps. Although we’re trying to look at things, everybody has to be patient.”

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England are also assessing the fitness of Manchester City star Phil Foden, who has missed the last three games after testing positive for Covid but is now back in the frame following a negative test.

Southgate added: “We’ve got to chat with our physical performance guys and our medical team really. He’s back in training but there’s a reality of how much conditioning he’s had over the last three weeks.”

Kane is expected to be recalled to the starting XI after dropping down to the bench for the draw with Italy and he can be backed at 8/11 to score anytime, while it is 2/1 for him to net the first or last goal of the match.

As for Hungary, another victory over their English foes could see them end the evening top of the standings, if Italy fail to get the better of Germany at Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach.

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Author: Lucille White