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England call-up will help Marc Guehi grow even further, claims Patrick Vieira

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Patrick Vieira believes international football will support the development of Marc Guehi, who wants to help Crystal Place reach the FA Cup semi-finals before joining England.

After being loaned to Championship club Swansea last season, the 21-year-old left Chelsea for good in the summer and has impressed since arriving at Selhurst Park.

Guehi’s performances for the Eagles this week led to his first international call-up as England kicked off their World Cup preparations with friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast.

Former France star Vieira was delighted for the England U21 captain who takes the step at an exciting time for club and country.

“This is really good news,” said the Palace boss. “We’re very happy, we’re really happy for him. He worked hard and worked well.

“The call was the goal, that was his ambition. We are very happy for him. As a football club, we are of course proud.

“We see Marc coming and going game after game and getting stronger – captaining and taking responsibility for the last couple of games.

“He’s doing really well and this call will help him grow as a player and believe in himself more. We are very happy with what he has done for the football club.”

Guehi will be joined in the England squad by Palace team-mate Conor Gallagher, who is on loan from Chelsea and made his debut against San Marino in November.

The pair are hoping to join Gareth Southgate’s men for the Wembley double-header after sealing another trip to the National Stadium.

Palace host Everton on Sunday in the quarter-finals threatened with relegation, with a semi-final date under the arch up for grabs.

“We don’t have time to relax,” said five-time FA Cup winner Vieira. “This is a huge game for us and we want to do well, go as far as possible.

“We’re really close to the semi-finals, with a home game to give us the best chance of going through to the next round. It’s a really exciting game and it’s going to be exciting for Everton too.

“They are a game away from Wembley and we know how difficult it will be, especially after the win they had yesterday. We know how they are as a team and it’s going to be difficult, but we’re prepared for it.

“There’s still a long way to go so for us it’s about how well we have to perform to give ourselves the best chance of going through.

“We will play against a strong team and want to make it to the semi-finals.”

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Andrew Schnitker

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