Man City’s Palmer only 10th youngest Englishman to score in Champions League

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Cole Palmer scored his first Champions League goal for Manchester City on Tuesday.

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But he is only the tenth youngest English player to score in Europe’s elite competition.

Cole Palmer scored his first goal in the Champions League on Tuesday

Cole Palmer scored his first goal in the Champions League on Tuesdaycredit: getty

Palmer, 19, was a sub in Man City’s 5-1 hammering of Club Brugge in Belgium.


The versatile forward has already enjoyed a stellar week, featuring against Burnley before scoring a hat-trick for City’s Under-23s.

And his goal against Brugge will be another moment he will never forget.

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However, despite his young age, Palmer is not the youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League.

In fact, he is only the tenth youngest, and nine others have placed him in pecking order.

The youngest player by a mile is Jude Bellingham, who was just 17 years and 289 days old when he netted for Borussia Dortmund.

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Other big names on the list include City teammate Phil Foden, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and even Wayne Rooney.

Meanwhile, boss Pep Guardiola believes Palmer will only get better.

And he has revealed that more young players from the city are waiting to appear in Europe and the Premier League.

Guardiola said: “People in this world want things immediately but everything needs time. You can’t cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen.

“Cole has a special quality that is hard to find, he perfects it most of the time. He is training with us and embracing our principles. He is a player for the future of this club.

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“We have Liam Delp, Sam Edozzi, Luc Mbetta, Romeo Lavia – really five or six really talented players in the academy. Who knows, if they stay humble and keep working they could be important to Manchester City .

“He [Palmer] Played three or four minutes for us on Saturday against Burnley and then went and scored three goals for the academy later that day.

“Some players can be lazy, “Oh, I have a status and I don’t want to play”. He went there, scored three runs and showed what he could do.

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