Chris Sutton initially selected on-loan Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher ahead of Mason Mount whilst debating England’s World Cup squad for next year.

Speaking on the BBC Football Daily podcast, Sutton confessed he included Gallagher instead of his Cobham colleague for the competition in Qatar.

The former Chelsea striker’s decision can be excused this time, considering it was the Crystal Palace midfielder who pretty much replaced Mount in the latest Three Lions setup.

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Mount had to miss out on the recent round of international fixtures, due to undergoing dental surgery.

Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish also pulled out, meaning holes had to be filled in Gareth Southgate’s team.

Requiring reinforcements

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe earned his first senior call-up, as did Gallagher, following the pair’s poignant Premier League run for their respective clubs.

Both played in England’s final qualifying fixture, the 10-0 obliteration of San Marino.

Smith Rowe scored, whilst Gallagher came close by hitting the woodwork.

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Tyrone Mings praised the talented duo after the match for their contributions to the camp.

Gallagher in, Mount out?

Although the tournament might still be over 12 months away, the two young guns have given Southgate some serious food for thought.

 

Could either one be the World Cup’s wild card?

“What about Conor Gallagher as well? What a start to the season he’s had,” said Sutton whilst weighing up England’s potential options.

“I actually forgot Mason Mount earlier and put Gallagher in because maybe (he’s) a little bit different.

“But, it’s not impossible. It’s not impossible him forcing his way in if he carries on his form.”

Of course, Mount might have a thing or two to say about Sutton’s statement.

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He is certainly a favourite of Southgate and already has plenty of international experience under his belt.

But so much can change between now and the campaign’s conclusion, allowing the likes of Gallagher plenty of time to stake their claim for an England selection.

Continue flying high with Palace and the 21-year-old will be hard to ignore.

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