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Chelsea star Conor Gallagher has disclosed how he faced rejection by Scotland as a teenager, feeling that he wasn’t up to their standards.

Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher recently shared that during his teenage years, he underwent trials with Scotland but was ultimately rejected because he felt he didn’t meet their standards. Despite being eligible to represent Scotland and participating in youth trials, Gallagher was turned down due to what he perceived as a lack of quality.

Despite having Scottish ancestry through his maternal grandfather, Conor Gallagher faced rejection from both England and Scotland during the early stages of his youth career. However, he didn’t let these setbacks deter him. Instead, he persisted and has now established himself within the English international setup, showcasing his talent and determination along the way.

Conor Gallagher reflected on his heritage, stating, “My dad’s side is Irish and my mum’s dad is Scottish.” Recalling his experience, he mentioned, “When I was 15 or 16, I wasn’t good enough to play for the England youth team, so I think I went to train with one of the Scotland teams to see what I was like, and I wasn’t good enough for them either.” Despite these setbacks, Gallagher persevered, saying, “I managed to work my way back into the England youth setup and was lucky enough to stay in it.”

Despite facing earlier setbacks, Conor Gallagher now finds himself among Gareth Southgate’s squad, gearing up for Euro 2024. Amid his busy schedule, he plans to make time to watch the tournament opener, particularly as it involves hosts Germany facing Scotland, a match he’ll watch especially to support The Tartan Army.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Gallagher expressed. “It’s a great opening game for the tournament and I’m sure all the lads will be watching. It’s a massive game, two great teams. Germany are obviously a top team and I know Scotland will make it hard for them. It will be an interesting game.”

Gallagher’s journey to this point has been anything but straightforward. While he was in the Three Lions squad for the 2022 World Cup, he didn’t get a chance to play. However, following an impressive season at Stamford Bridge, he’s hopeful for more involvement in England’s quest for glory. Despite his likely role in a deeper position, Gallagher remains focused on delivering the goods regardless of where he plays on the pitch.

“I’m always ready to play in whatever position. I don’t mind if it’s more attacking or defensive – I can do both, which is a good thing,” he affirmed.

“There are a lot more talented attacking players than myself. If I was to choose to take on three players and have a shot, or pass to Phil Foden or Jude, I’d probably pass to them.”

The upcoming match against Serbia on June 16 poses a decision for Gareth Southgate regarding the midfield partnership alongside Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice. Conor Gallagher finds himself in competition with Trent Alexander-Arnold for a spot. Even if Alexander-Arnold gets the nod to start, Gallagher must be prepared to make an impact as a super sub if introduced later in the game.



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