Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Dier: More to come from Loftus-Cheek

Dier: More to come from Loftus-Cheek

Loftus-Cheek has already made six Premier League starts for Palace - the same number he managed in three seasons at Chelsea.

"If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he'd have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now".

Asked what he most appreciated about the 0-0 draw with Germany, which proved more exciting than the scoreline suggests, Southgate said the "fearlessness" and highlighted the performance of Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek. England will also have to deal with two players they know well, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus. "Have they kept him in his place?"

"We have to see how the game progresses but we won't have any inhibitions about putting them on the pitch", said Southgate.

"It's great that he's now playing regular football week in, week out for Crystal Palace".

"He has been able to battle through hard spells at Chelsea, training with senior players who recognised his talent, so got into him in training", the England boss was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. He's been the same since he was 12 I think.

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The hugely talented England debutant is not the first youngster to struggle at Chelsea - but there's no question that Chelsea's youth policy harmed his development.

The stand-out performer was Ruben Loftus-Cheek who despite failing to break into the Chelsea first-team, showed he has the quality to compete on the worldwide stage.

"Mourinho held him back", he says. Everyone behind the scenes was asking: 'Why isn't he playing?'

Then there is Dele Alli, nearly three months Loftus-Cheek's junior and far less heralded at youth level, but already with 154 combined league appearances for MK Dons and Tottenham Hotspur as well as 22 England caps to his name - not to mention a status as one of the world's most coveted young footballers.

During his second-stint as Chelsea gaffer, Mourinho handed Loftus-Cheek his senior debut with the Blues in a Champions League tie against Sporting Lisbon back in 2014.

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