Loftus-Cheek targeting World Cup place after impressive England debut

Southgate singles out pair for praise after England draw

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the shining light in England's goalless draw with Germany on Friday night - but not all Chelsea fans were happy after the midfielder's performance.

Southgate conceded that it took a while for the 21-year-old to adjust to the global stage, but once he found his feet he comfortably went toe-to-toe with Germany's star-studded midfield.

Loftus-Cheek was named Man of the Match for his performance from an attacking midfield position, growing into the role to produce an accomplished creative display.

And England boss Southgate, who previously worked with Loftus-Cheek at Under-21 level, said he was not surprised by the impact he made.

Chelsea were quick to jump on the hype by congratulating Loftus-Cheek with a dedicated post on Twitter. But even with all their history, that Ruben Loftus-Cheek double nutmeg was just nasty.

Gareth Southgate told ITV Sport - per BBC Sport - that the young midfielder is "capable of anything".

"I wouldn't to just keep him bubbling, keep him wanting more and then play him in the last half-hour when the game opens up".

"I wanted to pick him for the games last month [against Slovenia and Lithuania]". I had Gareth for three years in Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here.

"I don't think the wider public maybe would be as aware of him, you'd have to follow him very closely, but we believe in him and we believe in the others that we played".

Gareth Southgate says England will be forced into looking at the U21 side in order to fill gaps in the senior team left by injuries.

"We've got to give them belief and we have got to give them time, whether it is me that benefits from that or the next manager". "The best players are the best players because they have that hunger and desire to test themselves on the biggest of stages, and with that comes certain pressures and a huge challenge. I have to keep learning and getting better and hopefully there's a chance to get on the plane".

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil lie in wait at Wembley on Tuesday, giving England another chance to hone the three-man back line against elite opposition.

"I remember Jordan's first couple of under-21 games and we were thinking he was quick around the goal, makes saves".

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