LONDON: Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher has been promoted into England’s World Cup squad after manager Gareth Southgate wrote off five members of his original party for Monday’s World Cup qualifier in San Marino.
Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw, Jordan Henderson and Mason Mount will not travel. Henderson and Grealish return to their clubs, Liverpool and Manchester City, for assessment on injuries, while City forward Sterling is unavailable for personal reasons.
Chelsea midfielder Mount is recovering from dental surgery while Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw suffered a concussion.
Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, played in the under-21s’ win over the Czech Republic on Thursday.
He has impressed at Palace this season, scoring four goals in 10 Premier League appearances since joining in the summer.
England need only a point from their final qualifier in San Marino to confirm their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Leeds’ Sam Greenwood will take Gallagher’s place in the U21 squad ahead of Tuesday’s game in Georgia.