Gareth Southgate claims senior players damaged Loftus-Cheek's development at Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Gareth Southgate claims senior players damaged Loftus-Cheek's development at Chelsea

His first Three Lions start suggested that the midfielder has a bright future with his country and some fans have even been arguing that he should be in England's 2018 World Cup squad.

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.

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he considered calling Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the senior worldwide squad earlier than last week.

As quoted by the Mirror, he said: "I've known Ruben a long time - I think the first time I saw him was an Under-16 global - I think Dele Alli played that night in his first game too". "Despite his size, appearance and the way he plays, he's not hugely confident at times and I think tonight it took him 10 minutes to have a look around him and think "all right, OK, I can do this".

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.

"Have they kept him in his place? They probably saw the threat".

"He has been able to battle through hard spells at Chelsea, training with senior players who recognise his talent so get into him in training".

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A claim like that if true is devastating.

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.

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

"He's a big boy, he's been the same since he was 12, I think!"

One of those, however, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, has spent too much of his time at Selhurst Park playing in a slightly unnatural wide position.

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

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