In the latest instalment of our feature where we ask players to make selections based on their past, their recent choices and what crops up time and time again, Ruben Loftus-Cheek talks holidaying in Swanage as a kid, jumping on the Tube and the latest app he's installed...
First: What was the first football kit you ever wore?
It was actually an Arsenal kit when I was about six because I really liked Thierry Henry at the time. It was obviously very shortly after that I started with Chelsea at the Academy.
Last: When was the last time you wore a football shirt of a team you weren’t playing for?
That would be a few years ago, I can’t really remember. I’ve had a few shirts that I’ve swapped with players but I don’t wear them.
Always: What is the best old football shirt you have kept?
I’ve got a few different shirts including some from back in the day when we went abroad with the Academy when I was 12 or 13 – AC Milan, Torino and teams like that. They’re in the archive somewhere in my house.
First: Can you remember the first phone you owned?
It was a Blackberry Curve when I was in secondary school.
Last: What was the last app you installed on your current device?
It was actually Strava so I can log my running and pace and things like that. I’ve obviously been doing a lot of running by myself recently so that’s been a good feedback app for me.
Always: What do you spend most time on your phone doing?
It’s probably texting now. In the past I used to spend a lot of time if I was bored just scrolling but now I only try and go on my phone when I need to reply to messages and stuff.
First: What was the first movie you really liked growing up?
2 Fast 2 Furious. That was the second one of the Fast & Furious films and definitely sticks out for me.
Last: What was the last film or TV programme you watched?
It was a film called Disturbia with Shia LaBeouf. I watched it before when I was younger and they’ve just put it on Netflix now so I rewatched it and it brought back some memories.
Always: What have you watched most often in your life?
I don’t really like TV series because they just take so long. I’ve found before they can be a time-waster sometimes, especially when there’s like 24 episodes in a season – you realise how much time it takes! I prefer movies because you have the beginning and the end and still get the same storyline.
First: When you were a child, where did you go on holiday?
I didn’t go abroad with my family until I was 16. We used to get a caravan down in Swanage because we couldn’t really afford to go away on a plane.
Last: What is the most recent place you have visited for a break?
Dubai in one of the international breaks before Christmas when the physios gave me a few days off. It was my first proper break since I had the injury.
Always: Where do you go to most often?
I like Ibiza. A lot of people think of it as a party island but there are some really nice parts to it as well.
First: What was the first video game you bought?
I think it was Crash Bandicoot on the first PlayStation.
Last: What was the last video game you played?
FIFA 20. I hadn’t really played for six months or so but I’ve been playing a lot since lockdown.
Always: Who do you play with?
I’ve been playing a lot of Ultimate Team since lockdown – playing against friends and just online in general.
First: Did you pass your driving test first time?
Yeah I passed first time. I had four minors but I was generally pretty good.
Last: When was the last time you used public transport?
Sometimes I jump on the Underground just to go a couple of stops if I need to but that’s usually off the cuff if it’s a short trip.
Always: What music do you always listen to in the car?
I switch it up depending on how I’m feeling but mostly it’s UK grime.
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