Former England and current Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has backed youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek to become a “top player” at international level.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup less than a month away, the 23-man England squad was announced on Wednesday. There were places for two Chelsea players as Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were both selected for the tournament in Russia. The former has been to a World Cup before in Brazil four years ago but it will be a completely new experience for his younger teammate.
Despite Chelsea’s slow start to the campaign, they had plenty first-team players on international duty as two more Blues confirmed their places at next year’s World Cup in Russia this week.
After gaining his first call-up to the senior England squad earlier this month and taking part in both friendlies, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has started to make a name for himself on the international stage. But, as we have seen a lot in the past few years at Chelsea, they haven’t been particularly bothered when it comes to keeping youth players happy.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance for England against Germany last Friday rightly earned him plenty of praise and potentially gives Gareth Southgate a welcome selection headache ahead of the World Cup.