Crystal Palace defenders Tyrick Mitchell and Marc Guehi are not far from an England call up, thinks Eagles teammate Nathaniel Clyne.
Mitchell and Guehi have been two of the most consistent performers in the Palace side this season. Indeed, the side currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table.
They may be heading for an England call-up, according to Clyne. The defender made 14 appearances for the Three Lions between 2014 and 2016.
As such, he understands the qualities required to perform in international football. Furthermore, Clyne gets to see the pair perform in both games and training.
“They are definitely on the verge [of it]. They are both performing really well, and they’re both putting in man of the match performances – they haven’t put a foot wrong,” he said per London News Online.
Indeed, Mitchell won Palace’s player of the month award in November. What’s more, he has made the second-most tackles in the Premier League this season, with 77.
“They are growing and getting better with every game they can. If they continue the way that they’re going, I can see them getting a call-up and hopefully they can make an appearance for England. It will be good for them and for the club as well,” Clyne added.
Guehi captains the Under-21 side, so the natural next step would be to the senior squad.
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Palace have had just four players represent England since 2005, so it would be huge for the club for either of the pair to get a senior call-up.
Both players making the same squad would obviously be a massive achievement. What’s more, it would be testament to their abilities as young players, with the pair both being under the age of 23.
Guehi and Mitchell could join Gallagher at England
Conor Gallagher is the only Eagles player to represent England in the last five years. During his loan at Palace, he has been making waves, and parent-club Chelsea have taken notice.
The Englishman returning to Stamford Bridge could see the Blues save a lot of money.
The European champions have held an interest in Declan Rice for some time. However, Gallagher returning to the club could see him shown the faith of Thomas Tuchel.
As such, the manager would be reluctant to spend big on Rice, with Gallagher filling the role he was expected to take up.