Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the name on every England fan’s lips this morning following his impressive debut against Germany at Wembley.
The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, produced a confident and assured performance against the reigning world champions.
As well as receiving praise from fans and pundits, Loftus-Cheek was also hailed by his manager after the match.
Gareth Southgate told ITV Sport – per BBC Sport – that the young midfielder is “capable of anything”.
“He did everything I know he can do,” the England boss commented. “He has the physical attributes and can handle the ball. He will gain huge confidence from his display.”
“I wanted to pick him for the games last month [against Slovenia and Lithuania]. I see things in him that lead me to believe he can play at this level. He’s an exciting player and he’s one who might have gone under the radar a bit for the wider public until now.”
Loftus-Cheek wants to go to the World Cup
Loftus-Cheek added: “The manager has said do your best. I had Gareth in charge for nearly three years with the under-21s and the boys have been great. I’ve settled in really well and they gave me a platform to go out and play.
“To go to the World Cup – it’s a long season and I still have to improve. I have to keep learning and getting better and hopefully there’s a chance to get on the plane.”
England fans can’t wait to see whether Loftus-Cheek can follow up Friday evening’s display with an equally impressive performance against Brazil on Tuesday night.
Ryan Giggs’ comment about Loftus-Cheek raised eyebrows
However, Ryan Giggs – on punditry duty for ITV Sport – confused some viewers by saying that he wouldn’t start Loftus-Cheek against the South Americans.
Asked if he would play him from the start against Brazil on Tuesday if he was in Gareth Southgate’s shoes, Giggs responded: “I wouldn’t but, looking at the bench, there’s not much choice.
“I wouldn’t to just keep him bubbling, keep him wanting more and then play him in the last half-hour when the game opens up.
“Just keep him wanting a little bit more.”
Ian Wright disagreed and said: “I’d play him simply because he’s not played a lot of football.”
Video: Giggs explains why he wouldn’t start RLC v Brazil
Watch the footage by skipping to 9:05 in this video…
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Wright wasn’t the only person to disagree with Giggs, either…
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