Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

New faces give England cause for optimism in draw with Germany

New faces give England cause for optimism in draw with Germany

Ruben Loftus-Cheek admitted that a lack of first-team opportunities at Chelsea has slowed his development after producing a man-of-the-match performance on his senior England debut against Germany.

At 21, he is the same age as Alli but has barely made 40 caps in his professional career, while the Spurs midfielder has played close to 200 games in all competitions and is an England regular. It's a long season and I still have to improve.

"To go to the World Cup?".

"He's got two feet, he's got energy and pace, he can score a goal and he can create goals.

But I'm really happy, it was a tough game against a good Germany side and it was a very tactical game".

The 21-year-old was named "Man of the Match", with his parent club taking to Twitter to congratulate him on his global outing.

But despite seeing his on-pitch development stall while training with Chelsea's first team at Cobham, Loftus-Cheek insisted he feels no bitterness towards his parent club and actually thinks he has benefited from the experience. "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.

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"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".

Cook captained the side and has played six times for Bournemouth this season, with four of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

Southgate wants more former players to get involved with the national set-up and it has to be said, it seems like a good idea.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had not been in touch before his Wembley bow but former England boss Hodgson has given Loftus-Cheek all the worldly advice he needs.

"There are no guarantees but I feel I have a better chance of playing".

Gareth Southgate has said his successor as England manager may end up benefiting most from the current setup's commitment to youth progression, with a trio of players from the England under-21s called up for Tuesday's friendly against Brazil.

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