Pat Nevin says he is not surprised that Cole Palmer of Chelsea was called up for the first time to the national England team.
Cole Palmer, who has been playing quite well for his new club this season, is presently overseas with England on international duty.
With four goals and four assists in 11 games since his summer arrival, the £45 million attacker (Evening Standard) is starting to establish himself as a crucial member of Chelsea’s squad. As a result, Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate decided to elevate him from England’s Under-21 squad.
Following his senior England call-up, Palmer posted something on Instagram to which Jesse Lingard and Jack Grealish both responded.
Pat Nevin had assurance.
Palmer’s unique brilliance has always been a source of confidence for Nevin. So he’s not surprised that he was called up to England.
“Cole Palmer is the closest thing I have seen to Kevin de Bruyne,” he said to BBC Sport two weeks ago. He had that opinion ever since he initially played for City. There were many excellent performances on both sides. His performance and his unthinking penalty in the final minute served as further evidence.
He was later called up to the England team ahead of Raheem Sterling. While I’m not shocked, many are.
Great opportunity for Cole Palmer
A star player for Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham is expected to be among the first names in the England starting lineup for the Euro 2024 competition next summer. James Maddison of Tottenham should be a strong contender for a seat on the aircraft.
Unfortunately, injuries have kept the well-known pair out of this England camp, which has allowed Chelsea’s youthful phenomenon to take over.
Palmer should be able to make his debut and participate in one of the next two games this coming week. North Macedonia is the destination for England’s Monday trip after they host Malta on Friday night.
With his current Chelsea play and his ability to impress Southgate in the upcoming week, the attacking midfielder might be able to slip onto the aircraft for the Euros.