Loftus-Cheek eyeing World Cup

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

HOTSPUR midfielder, Eric Dier, took the captain's armband as an inexperienced England side played out an entertaining goalless friendly draw with World Champions, Germany, at Wembley Stadium.

After watching the France global in action against Manchester United last week, however, and seeing how Loftus-Cheek played against Germany, Wright was left at a loss to explain the reasoning behind Chelsea's summer business.

England manager Gareth Southgate said debutant Ruben Loftus-Cheek is "capable of anything" after his man-of-the-match performance against Germany at Wembley.

And he sparkled against the world champions on his worldwide bow by putting in a display that earned him the man-of-the match award.

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in the younger ages, they've shown that this week in training", Southgate said. "It was a really tactical game".

"I think we have to be courageous and put some of these boys in because we think they're capable". I had Gareth in charge for almost three years at the Under-21s and the boys have been great.

Now the Lewisham-born star hopes an impressive campaign for Palace will earn him a spot in the squad for next year's world showpiece.

"To go to the World Cup?"

"I certainly learnt a lot in this game so it (was) a good night".

"I wanted to pick him last month", Southgate told talkSPORT. "I thought it was the best decision to go from Chelsea to play and develop myself which looks like being a good thing". "He's an exciting player and he's one who might have gone under the radar a bit for the wider public until now".