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‘He’s a real talent’: Coach lauds Man City prospect who ‘took his chance’ after career milestone

Lee Carsley was impressed with Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer after his sensational debut for England’s U-21 squad.

Speaking to the Independent, the England coach lauded the teenage midfielder after an impressive showing against Kosovo in Milton Keynes. Palmer was on the scoresheet as the City prospect opened the scoring for England in a 2-0 win.

Palmer’s silky goal was a notable highlight for England. The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the top players coming through the City academy. And Carsley believed the youngster took his chance on his U-21 debut with both hands.

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The England coach said: “The thing we can do with England is to support him as much as we can. We rate him highly, he more than deserved his place in the squad. The balance is making sure we try to get his minutes and keep supporting him because he’s a real talent.

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Carsley later added with: “I have been around international football a while now and nine times out of 10 you have players in the squad who, if someone drops out, are more than capable of starting. Cole took his chance.”

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With Palmer already making two appearances for Pep Guardiola’s senior side this season, there’s no doubt that the youngster’s performance for England will put him further on the City boss’ radar in the coming days.

Indeed, it is likely that we will see Palmer play more first-team minutes in competitions such as the League Cup and UEFA Champions League.

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