Man City fans excited as Cole Palmer scores solo stunner for England under-21’s

Manchester City youth product Cole Palmer scored a stunner on his debut in Tuesday’s England Under-21 match against Kosovo.

The 19-year-old has had a breakthrough start to the season and made his Premier League debut for City against Norwich in August. His outstanding week continued as he was named man of the match for City’s 3-0 Papa John’s Trophy victory over Scunthorpe.

His noticeable performances impressed England Under-21 boss Lee Carsley to include him in his first squad as manager. And Palmer repaid the faith with a brilliant goal that set England on their way to victory.

England were 26 minutes into the first-half as Palmer picked up the ball on the right, weaved his way around a few Kosovo defenders before rifling home a left-footed shot into the top corner from a tight angle.

Palmer was a constant problem in the first half, almost registering his first assist in Under-21 colours with a corner that was headed just over the bar. The youngster also offered a dynamic threat in behind to complement his quality on the ball.

These qualities won’t have gone unnoticed by City manager Pep Guardiola, who values intense running off the ball for the team’s benefit as much as he emphasises supreme technical quality.

And England fans have taken to social media to express their excitement about the young star-in-the-making.

It is clear that City and England fans are very hopeful about the future of the creative midfielder, who has announced himself to the nation with an excellent performance aired on television.

Following Palmer’s man of the match performance against Rochdale, City academy manager Brian Barry-Murphy shed light on the type of character and player fans of club and country should hope to expect in Palmer.

“Context is important,” said Barry-Murphy.

“Obviously, coming off the back of his first Premier League appearance on Saturday, I was at that game. Then he trained really hard Sunday. I think he was a bit sore on Monday, but he was desperate to play, and that was reflected in how he played the game.

“The senior players in this game are still really young guys. It’s a brilliant responsibility for him to carry through the even younger lads who are really young. That sense of responsibility of playing in their own age group or even younger, it’s a unique area of development, and that was reflected in his performance.

“He plays the game on a level I could never dream of. My first impression was how humble he was, how hard-working he was, how respectful of his teammates he was. I know they’re clichés, but it’s very refreshing to see.

“His work rate without the ball is very inspiring. The other players will always notice how he is. His ability with the ball is a given; you’re expecting what you expect and what you saw today was some amazing individual skill. He played for the game, his willingness to work and James McAtee is significant for the other boys to feed on.”

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