“I thought, ‘It’s my time’. I spoke to Raz and was like, ‘I wanna take it” – Chelsea midfielder reveals explains his feelings in the biggest moment
In an unexpected twist, Cole Palmer emerged as the thrilling last-minute addition to the England camp, and naturally, he wasted no time in addressing the media at St George’s Park.
Beyond expressing his aspirations for playing time with the Three Lions, Palmer fielded questions about his recent standout performances with Chelsea, notably the nerve-wracking penalty he expertly dispatched against his former club, Manchester City, in extra time last Sunday.
With a cool demeanor that belied his youth, Palmer revealed that nerves barely had a chance to take hold:
“When I saw the ref give [the penalty vs Man City], I thought, ‘It’s my time.’ I spoke to Raz and was like, ‘I wanna take it.’ When I put the ball down, I just picked a spot and put it there. I wasn’t nervous, not really…”
Should anyone harbor doubts? Palmer’s on-field presence thus far paints a picture of an exceptionally self-assured young talent. While the rest of us might crumble under the pressure of a penalty in such a critical situation, Palmer’s track record of handling high-stakes moments has instilled immense confidence in his mental fortitude.
Unsurprisingly, he informed Sterling of his penalty ambitions, a decision met with minimal surprise given Palmer’s evident confidence. His senior counterpart, Sterling, evidently had no qualms entrusting him with the task.
In essence, Palmer’s narrative continues to be one of audacious confidence, leaving observers with little reason to doubt his ability to thrive in the spotlight. As we watch his career unfold, it’s becoming clear that Palmer is a young player who not only embraces pressure but flourishes under its weight.