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I played with Cole Palmer and Phil Foden at Man City – England fans can trust from penalty spot against Netherlands

Luke Mbete is the Man City defender with total faith in our boys

ENGLAND fans should be filled with faith - not fear - if Phil Foden and Cole Palmer take penalties against Holland tonight.

Manchester City defender Luke Mbete grew up playing around the two Three Lions playmakers so he knew super-sub Palmer would slot home his opening spot-kick against Switzerland.

Luke Mbete and Cole Palmer came up through Manchester City youth ranks together
Luke Mbete and Cole Palmer came up through Manchester City youth ranks together

And the 20-year-old Etihad ace - who has represented England from U15-U21 level - shows no signs of the penalty phobia most fans are riddled with when Gareth Southgate’s wonderkids walk up to the spot.

Centre-back Mbete told SunSport: “If the last game taught us anything, it was to teach us to have even more faith in our boys.

“All five of them stepped up and executed in an extremely professional manner.

“You cannot recreate that sort of pressure in any training ground situation or environment but they are professionals at the peak of their game.

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“So I trust them and I hope the whole nation trusts them if they are called upon again.”

Mbete has just completed a loan to Den Bosch in Holland but the West Londoner returned to his childhood school of St Gregory’s Catholic Science College in Harrow on Tuesday to host an awards evening and donate £5,000.

Staying true to his roots is crucial for the centre-back and he revealed it’s a huge part of both Foden and Chelsea hero Palmer’s classy careers so far.

He explained: “I played with Cole from a young age and I first played with Phil when I first got called up to play with the first team.

Luke Mbete (second from left) has played and trained alongside City's stars like Phil Foden
Luke Mbete (second from left) has played and trained alongside City's stars like Phil Foden

“The best thing about Cole and Phil is that they both do their talking on the pitch and that has helped them both go on to have incredible seasons.

“They are really good people and really relaxed too, what people are seeing on TV is what they are like in real life.

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“They are both really relaxed people, as well as players, and that allows their talent to just come through on game day.”

Mbete, who made FA Cup and Champions League appearances for Pep Guardiola before his most recent loan spell, is aware of the criticisms the England performances have faced.

But he’s sure his City colleagues, like John Stones and Kyle Walker  - as well as the rest of the squad - are all desperate to succeed for the nation.

“Representing your country, wearing that England shirt, is always a huge honour,” he said. “That brings great pride and you can see the boys feeling that.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the quality of the performances but you can’t debate their effort or dedication, to reach the stage they have.”

Mbete and Palmer won the FA Youth Cup together

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