Ruben Loftus-Cheek was pleased to be involved as England opened their World Cup campaign with a win, and the Chelsea midfielder has spoken about the fantastic support the team have received back home.
The 22-year-old came off the bench for the closing stages of Monday’s 2-1 victory against Tunisia, impressing with his quality on the ball and ability to create goalscoring opportunities.
With Dele Alli nursing an injury Loftus-Cheek could potentially start when England play Panama in their next game on Sunday, and he was pleased with the contribution he made against Tunisia.
‘It was just a natural instinct because when the game is like that, with not long left, you have to try to make stuff happen and take risks, so I just thought I’d go on and be direct,’ he explained.
‘I thought we did really well in the first half, we could have scored a few goals, so to keep the faith, stay patient and get the goal at the end was fantastic.
‘It felt good to play. When you're playing you don't think about it, but afterwards you let it sink in and think you’ve just played at a World Cup. It's crazy.’
As ever, when England are involved at a major tournament the nation is fully behind the team, and Harry Kane’s last-gasp winner on Monday sparked jubilant scenes up and down the country.
Having watched some videos of fans celebrating the winning goal, Loftus-Cheek spoke about the importance of that support.
‘We're in this little bubble with our own vision and we're focused, so we don't always see what's going on outside like that,’ he said.
‘That was mental, beers flying up in the air, it was like a festival. Everyone forgets who they support club-wise and just comes together.’