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Chelsea’s Palmer wins England call-up for Euro 2024 qualifiers

LONDON: Cole Palmer has been rewarded for his form at Chelsea this season with a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the team’s final two Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Southgate has added Palmer, Aston Villa centre-back Ezri Konsa and Manchester City defender Rico Lewis to his squad for the matches against Malta and North Macedonia following the injury-related withdrawals of James Maddison, Lewis Dunk and Callum Wilson .

Chelsea striker Palmer, who scored a stoppage-time equalizer from the penalty spot in the 4-4 Premier League draw against Manchester City on Sunday (November 12), was part of the England squad that won the Premier League Europe Under-21s in July.

The 21-year-old made a surprise £42 million ($51 million) move from City to Chelsea in September in search of regular first-team football.

He has impressed at Stamford Bridge, scoring four goals for his new club so far.

England, already qualified for the final phase of Euro 2024 in Germany, will host Malta at Wembley on Friday before facing North Macedonia three days later.

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