Ryan Giggs' Views On Ruben Loftus-Cheek Has Confused Everyone

Carla Harmon
November 13, 2017

Loftus-Cheek produced an impressive performance on his senior debut for England in a 0-0 friendly draw against Germany at Wembley on Friday.

Southgate knows "we've still loads we can get better at" but believes their display against Germany offered encouragement to England fans, as did the new faces given a run-out.

Loftus-Cheek was granted a season-long loan with Palace and has since been rewarded, having earned a call-up to the England squad after featuring in seven of the Eagles' 11 Premier League games this term.

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he considered calling Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the senior worldwide squad earlier than last week.

"I've known Ruben a long time - I think the first time I saw him was an Under-16 global - I think Dele Alli played that night in his first game too", he said, per the Mirror.

The Chelsea midfielder is now enjoying first-team football away from Stamford Bridge at Crystal Palace.

"Have they kept him in his place?"

"He has been able to battle through hard spells at Chelsea, training with senior players who recognise his talent so get into him in training". "Yes, I imagine they probably saw the threat".

The important thing is that Chelsea is still Loftus-Cheek's parent club and has a chance of making our team next season. But Southgate has said his loan at Palace will be very useful if he wants to become one of the best.

"The last few games, we've shown that we play football and have played well".

Asked if the assured debuts of Loftus-Cheek and now injured Winks made him feel more positive about his options, the England manager said: "Yeah, and I think the slightly different system opens up different possibilities".

One of those, however, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, has spent too much of his time at Selhurst Park playing in a slightly unnatural wide position.

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