Cole Palmer knows exactly where he stands with England after Chelsea penalty farce

Cole Palmer celebrates after scoring his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the international friendly match between England and Bosnia & Herzegovina at St James' Park.
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Chelsea star Cole Palmer continued his prolific club form on the international stage as he made his full England debut on Monday night.

The Chelsea man was named in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up for the pre-Euro 2024 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina as he looks to catch the eye to make the cut for the final squad. After a first half with few chances, the Three Lions were given a chance to open the scoring in the second half after the referee pointed to the penalty spot following a VAR check for a pull on Ezri Konsa.

Palmer didn’t let the chance to step up pass him by. The 22-year-old has been Chelsea's main penalty-taker this season and scored every one of his nine Premier League spot kicks.

He made no mistake with this one either to score his first international goal. The strike turned out to be Palmer’s final kick of the game before he was substituted off, with England going on to win 3-0.

As one of the four substitutes to take place, captain and designated penalty taker Harry Kane made his way onto the pitch. And after the game, Palmer admitted he knows the hierarchy from 12 yards if Kane’s introduction would have been just a few seconds earlier.

"Of course he [Kane] would've took it, it was just before he came on," he told Channel 4 after the game. "Thankfully, I took it."

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The comments come following an extraordinary penalty farce at Chelsea just a couple of months ago. During the 6-0 win over Everton on April 15, an argument took place between Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke over who would take a penalty kick, which was resolved by Palmer - already having netted a hat-trick - grabbing the ball and scoring his fourth goal of the game.

The goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina was Palmer's 28th in all competitions for club and country this season, and Kane heaped praise on the Premier League Young Player of the Season for his performances over the campaign. "For him to do what he's done in his first season, credit to him," he said. "Delighted for his goal. [We are] Going to need all players to chip in with goals throughout this tournament."

Despite the goal, Palmer himself made an admission about his performance during the game, saying: "Tonight wasn't my best game, finding my feet on my first start but hopefully, I've done enough [To make the squad]."

It was a view also shared by Southgate, who highlighted where Palmer could have done better. The manager told Channel 4: "A couple of times, Cole was being too precise and if he got his shots away earlier maybe he could've got a couple."