The youngster has a healthy goal-to-game ratio for the age group and secured the win for the team in Sheffield with a late strikeManchester City attacker Cole Palmer scored his third goal for England’s Under-21s, firing home the final strike in their 3-1 friendly win over Germany at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old broke the defensive line deep into stoppage time at the end of the game to fire past Noah Atubolu to seal the win for the hosts. Palmer enjoyed 20 minutes on his sixth appearance for the age group.

Fellow City academy graduate Taylor Harwood-Bellis, currently on loan at Burnley, started the game before being replaced by Blues colleague Luke Mbete on 83 minutes. Tommy Doyle and James McAtee, both on loan at Sheffield United, also came on as substitutes a minute before Palmer entered the pitch.

Folarin Balogun and Conor Gallagher netted England’s first two goals of the night either side of half-time after ex- City youth player Lukas Nmecha had put the Germans ahead on 35 minutes.

It was the first time Palmer had started on the bench for the Young Lions after starting his previous five, including in Thursday’s 2-0 friendly win over Italy. The playmaker has played five times for City’s senior side this season.

He is yet to start a match but played against Sevilla in their 4-0 Champions League victory earlier this month before most recently featuring against Wolves for 13 minutes in the Premier League.