'Brilliant': Jordan Henderson so impressed with what Chelsea player did in England training
Jordan Henderson was left so impressed with what Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher did in England training this week.
The Three Lions are currently preparing for their second game of the World Cup tournament against the United States, beating Iran 6-2 in their first match to move top of Group B.
Gareth Southgate’s side have actually looked like one of the most eye-catching teams playing in Qatar so far, but there will definitely be much sterner tests to come.
From a Chelsea perspective, it was great to see both Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling impress after starting against Iran.
In addition, 22-year-old Blues midfielder Gallagher was an unused substitute on a super talented bench.
It feels like it’s going to be very difficult for the other midfielders in the squad to get much game time ahead of the talented duo of Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, who both started and excelled in the opening group stage match.
Conor Gallagher in England training
You can be sure Gallagher will be doing his best to impress in training with his work rate and quality.
England have uploaded a training video on YouTube in preparation for the United States game, which does actually include an interest moment from Chelsea’s youngster.
Liverpool captain and senior England midfielder Henderson, 32, can be spotted yelling “brilliant” towards teammate Gallagher after he fired a shot into the net (9min).
For Gallagher, he’s got to be like a sponge soaking in all the experience and know-how around him.
He needs to make sure he’s ready if called upon by Southgate, too.
Gallagher only has four senior England caps and is still trying to force his way into Chelsea’s best starting XI, so the fact he’s out in Qatar as part of a 26-man squad shows how much Southgate rates him.
If he keeps developing and fulfilling his potential, he could be an important England player in future years. Incidentally, Graham Potter says he’s got an “exciting future” ahead of him.
It’s great to have him experience the tournament first-hand, and let’s hope Chelsea supporters get to see him in action at some stage.
He can definitely add incredible work rate and pressing from the bench if England do need that at some stage.