Chelsea’s Cole Palmer got another opportunity on Friday night to impress in an England shirt.

The 22-year-old Chelsea attacker started and showed glimpses of brilliance in England’s final preparation match before Euro 2024.

Unfortunately, Gareth Southgate’s team suffered a 1-0 loss at Wembley Stadium against Iceland.

The Three Lions boss has now named his 26-man squad for the Euros, which includes the Chelsea duo Cole Palmer and Conor Gallagher.

Will either of them make the starting line-up when England’s tournament kicks off next Sunday versus Serbia, though?

Cole Palmer of England runs with the ball under pressure from Hakon Rafn Valdimarsson of Iceland during the international friendly match between En...
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Michael Dawson reacts to Cole Palmer’s display

Sky Sports pundit Michael Dawson was impressed by what he saw from Palmer, albeit in a disappointing England defeat.

The Chelsea forward operated from the right wing and was involved in a couple of key moments which could have resulted in goals.

His pinpoint cross into the box wasn’t converted by the usually reliable Harry Kane. Plus, Palmer wasted a great opportunity himself to score when he tried to go around the goalkeeper.

When asked who impressed him in England vs Iceland, Dawson told Sky Sports Football: “Yeah, Cole Palmer I’m a huge fan of. He’ll have been disappointed that he had a great chance. He goes 1v1 with the keeper and he’ll be disappointed he didn’t take that because we’ve seen how clinical he has been for Chelsea this season. I was impressed with him.

“I like Cole. Whether he starts, I’m still not sure. [Bukayo] Saka is not getting an awful lot of game time, but you would think in eight days I would be looking at him starting.”

Cole Palmer vital for both club and country

First of all, Chelsea scraped together an okay season last year, largely due to the brilliance of Palmer.

The versatile attacker scored 25 goals in 45 games for the Blues. Don’t forget he chipped in with 15 assists, too.

The Chelsea Chronicle believes Palmer can be just as influential on the international stage with England this summer.

When you’ve got players in such great form going into a major tournament, it makes sense to get them on the pitch for as much as possible.

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