Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Born on 23 January 1996 in Lewisham, Ruben has been with Chelsea since Under-8s and is a talented box-to-box midfielder who has also played at the back. He captained England schoolboys in the Victory Shield and played three times for the Chelsea youth team when still an Under-15.

In 2011/12 he was impressing again before picking up an injury to his hip and groin but recovered in time to make a substitute appearance in the FA Youth Cup Final. The 2012/13 season is his first full-time.

Loftus-Cheek is a midfielder who is comfortable in possession and has a good range of passing. The current season has seen him feature at both Under-18 and Under-21 level, performing consistently well in both.

He made seven appearances in the NextGen Series and was an ever-present in our run to the FA Youth Cup final. His presence in the midfield was a key factor in our progression.

Loftus-Cheek was selected to travel with the first team squad on a post-season trip to the US for two friendly matches against Manchester City.

The youngster started both matches, impressing in the first before being replaced by Nathan Ake late on, while again starting the second game in promising fashion before being forced out of the action with an injury.

He made his England Under-17s debut in October, 2012, and played most recently in the March fixture against Russia.