September 27, 2021, 14:42

Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants more game-time after impressive England debut

Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants more game-time after impressive England debut

Ruben Loftus-Cheek called for more international exposure after impressing on his England debut against Germany.

The Crystal Palace midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, took to senior international football like a duck to water, producing a performance in Friday’s goalless draw against the world champions which belied his 21 years.

With Brazil due to visit Wembley on Tuesday, Loftus-Cheek made it clear he wants another anot tunity to learn and develop on the biggest stage.

Speaking to Sky Sports News after his debut, he said: “I’m really happy with it. 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 certainly learned a lot, and it just gives me that taste, to want more, and to improve game-by-game. I just want to play more football.

“I felt the game was very tactical, and it was just another experience of being an England player, playing at Wembley under the lights, and what it means to be an England player.

“There was also a lot of tactical lessons, speaking with the coach, it was a good night for me.”

With injuries and withdrawals hampering preparations, Gareth Southgate turned to Loftus-Cheek from the start in the midfield of experimental line-up which also saw Tammy Abraham and Jordan Pickford make their debuts.

It took Loftus-Cheek time to settle into the game, but a cheeky nutmeg on Marcel Halstenberg and a delightful pass to Jamie Vardy set him on his way to becoming one of the classiest players on the pitch.

“I’m never nervous on the ball, I’m always confident on the ball, that’s the one thing,” he added.

“But I didn’t touch the ball for five minutes, and felt like I wanted to go deeper to get the ball!

“But the manager told me to stay in the right position, and the ball will come to me.”


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