England's Chelsea and ex-Man City star heads back to where it all began with inspirational Euros message

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“I’m just proud that I can show these kids that they can live the dream.”

Cole Palmer has gone back to where it all began by visiting his first Manchester club ahead of heading to the Euros with England. 

Chelsea’s ex-Man City star has seen a stunning season at Stamford Bridge catapult him into Gareth Southgate’s squad and potentially starting XI in Germany. 

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Before jetting off to the Euros ahead of the Three Lions’ opening game against Serbia on Sunday, Palmer went back to Wythenshawe FC. The 22 year-old’s family have played football in the area for nearly two decades, and the midfield star started his football journey in the park behind the club. 

Cole Palmer with youngsters from Wythenshawe FC Cole Palmer with youngsters from Wythenshawe FC
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He still watches Wythenshawe, when he can, with the club promoted to the Northern Premier League last season after a play-off final victory over the reformed Bury FC on penalties. Palmer was back to meet some of the club’s younger players and hand over new Toshiba TVs as part of a partnership with the tech giant. 

“When I was younger, I used to spend hours watching my dad play football around here,” the Chelsea forward said. “Even then I knew that I wanted to be a footballer – it is all I have ever wanted to do. 

“Playing in big international tournaments has always been my dream. I wasn’t expecting it to come quite this quickly but I am really looking forward to performing for my country. Spending time with some the kids today, I’m just proud that I can show them that they can live that dream if they want it.

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“This summer we know the responsibility that we have as a group to show up and go deep into the tournament. Hopefully Wythenshawe FC, and all the kids I met today, will create some great memories watching us try and go all the way.”

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