Loftus-Cheek impressed me - Southgate

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Loftus-Cheek impressed me - Southgate

Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set his sights on playing for England at next summer's World Cup.

"Nights like this, they just make me want to improve more and get to the next level more, because the feeling you get out on that pitch, in front of 80,000 people, I can't explain it", he continued.

Gareth Southgate has revealed his pleasure at the "encouraging" performance of his young England side during Friday's draw with Germany.

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

"I think we have to be fearless and put some of these boys in because we think they're capable".

The 21-year-old's calm display, especially when he dropped deep into midfield, won him praise from a variety of experts. "I was with him for almost three years in the Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here", a visibly exhilarated Loftus-Cheek stated. Now I have the opportunity to play in the Premier League every week.

Despite the new faces in contention for England starting spots, the average age for the expected starting side is 25-years-old, but Higginbotham believes that will only get lower as younger players - including those from the U21s - are handed more regular senior global game time.

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 global stage. "It's fantastic and I just want that feeling more and develop to be the best player I can be". "I have a good relationship with Eddie Newton [Chelsea's loan technical coach] and Eddie is helping me behind the scenes".

Loftus-Cheek, who was handed the man-of-the-match award, appears to have done enough to get a starting spot for the upcoming friendly against Brazil, judging by the comments made by Southgate.

"It was a brilliant experience for our players and we've now got to see if we can try and replicate that against a side who rested a lot of their players today on Tuesday".

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