England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed he called up Chelsea’s Cole Palmer ahead of team-mate Raheem Sterling because he wants to see Palmer in a No.10 role.
“In terms of Cole, the key was [we] lost Maddison and Jude so we wanted somebody who could play as a 10,” explained Southgate.
“Of course, he’s playing wider at the moment for his club, but we hadn’t lost a winger as such, we’d lost two attacking midfield players.
“So we’ve got a couple of players now who can fulfil that sort of role for these games.
“Raheem was excellent at the weekend against [Manchester] City, as was Cole. But the position was the reason for [calling up] Cole really.”