I Had To Leave Chelsea To Get Playing Time - Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus Cheek and Jordan Pickford were pleased after making their England debuts in a 0-0 draw against Germany

Ruben Loftus Cheek and Jordan Pickford were pleased after making their England debuts in a 0-0 draw against Germany

Loftus-Cheek is clearly enjoying a new lease of life following his season-long loan move to Crystal Palace and believes the best is yet to come.

Against the world champions, 21-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye of many, impressing from midfield on his global debut.

Loftus-Cheek, elevated to the senior squad by England manager Gareth Southgate last week, was the stand out success in the encouraging goalless draw with World Champions Germany at Wembley on Friday night.

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. Then I saw what you all saw against Germany - one that is so technically-gifted".

England supporters must have been dreading the prospect of facing Germany on Friday after seven key players including Harry Kane and Dele Alli pulled out of the squad.

The stats make for good reading as Loftus-Cheek had a 96 percent pass completion rate, completing 50 successful passes out of 52.

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in the younger ages, they've shown that this week in training".

"If we'd won it would have been better, but it was a tough game, and a good game from me to learn from".

"I think that's one of the most pleasing things of working with this group over a period of time".

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced a string of fine saves on an impressive first senior appearance, but Joe Hart will be between the sticks when Brazil visit on Tuesday after Jack Butland's broken finger caused a re-think.

So much so he earned his first England call-up.

The Englishman struggled to gain match time at Chelsea last season as the Blues went on to win the title.

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