England boss highlights Ruben’s ability
news Fri 10 Nov 2017
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he considered calling Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the senior international squad earlier than last week.
The 21-year-old, who is currently on-loan at Crystal Palace, is set to make his England debut tonight against Germany at a sold-out Wembley, as may Tammy Abraham too. They were both called up for the first time for this month’s friendly internationals and for Loftus-Cheek, it means working again with his former England Under-21 boss Southgate and Steve Holland whom he of course knows well from Chelsea as well as the England set-up.
‘He [Loftus-Cheek] has always been the biggest kid in the playground, but he's not a player who's survived on physical strength,’ said Southgate at his final press briefing ahead of tonight’s game.
‘He's a player of great technique. He's a different sort of player, at his best in behind the opposition midfield driving at defences with great technical quality, dribbling ability and power. He's a really exciting player.
‘I was hoping to bring him in last month but he had an injury. He's a player I’ve worked with since Under-15s.
‘He's quite a quiet lad so I'm hoping he gets a lift in confidence from how we see him, the level we think he's capable of.’
Gary Cahill, the third Chelsea player in the England squad, is reported as unlikely to feature before Tuesday’s game against Brazil having been unable to train yesterday.