Loftus-Cheek eyeing World Cup

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that he must still improve many aspects of his game, despite impressing as England secured a goalless draw with Germany.

Gareth Southgate has been significantly hampered by injuries, with a number of key players absent tonight, including Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, and Jack Butland, in what is the most inexperienced Three Lions side in 37 years (101 caps).

And he sparkled against the world champions on his global bow by putting in a display that earned him the man-of-the match award. "It was a really tactical game".

"And that's because I learned a lot about myself mentally and I feel like I got mentally stronger. I was with him for almost three years in the Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here", a visibly exhilarated Loftus-Cheek stated. I have to say huge credit to the clubs for developing the sort of players they are developing, but we would be foolish not to see the signs of Spain and Germany being successful following on from success at youth level and sticking with some continuity with the way they play and the people involved.

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Gareth Southgate's side may have won eight of their 10 World Cup qualifying games and remained unbeaten in Group F but their performances were far from convincing. "There are no guarantees but I have a better chance of playing, so being at Palace gives me the platform to learn and develop". "I know he's coming back from injury, and maybe that's why he didn't look completely sharp, and wasn't able to get up and down the pitch" he added. He has the physical attributes and can handle the ball.

"If England can grow as a nation together then these players are going to grow together in terms of gaining experience all the team".

"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". "He's an exciting player and he's one who might have gone under the radar a bit for the wider public until now".

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