New faces give England cause for optimism in draw with Germany

Lawrence Cooper
November 12, 2017

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the man who excelled above everyone else and the Chelsea man on-loan at Crystal Palace walked away with the Man of the Match award.

"Tammy [Abraham] and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as much as they are Chelsea players, they're on-loan somewhere else, they've gone somewhere else", Wright said.

Loftus-Cheek - the new name on everyone's lips leading up to next year's World Cup - finally feels wanted.

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

The England side against the World Cup holders could be the most inexperienced for 41 years with a possible starting lineup of players with 101 caps.

If we won it would have been better but I'm really happy.

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The 21-year-old was named "Man of the Match", with his parent club taking to Twitter to congratulate him on his worldwide outing. I had Gareth in charge for almost three years at the Under-21s and the boys have been great. For me, I would never want to rewind the time, because I learned a lot about myself mentally and I feel like I got mentally stronger.

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.

"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".

The stats make for good reading as Loftus-Cheek had a 96 percent pass completion rate, completing 50 successful passes out of 52. Now I have the opportunity to play in the Premier League every week. There are still loads of things we can get better at the more we play that system.

Loftus-Cheek's impressive performance is particularly exciting for England supporters at a time when Southgate has made improving the technical quality of his midfield a priority, and the 20-year-old said a dream debut at Wembley has inspired him to kick on.

"We'll see whether Phil [Jones] stays with us, definitely Angus [Gunn] following the injury to Jack [Butland]", Southgate confirmed when asked which players could be promoted for Tuesday's clash with Brazil.

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