I Had To Leave Chelsea To Get Playing Time - Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus Cheek and Jordan Pickford were pleased after making their England debuts in a 0-0 draw against Germany

I thought fair play for him to go to [Crystal] Palace and I am pleased he got in the [England] team.

"He has great technical quality, dribbling ability, power, I think he's a really exciting player".

'It's great that he's now playing regular football week in, week out for Crystal Palace.

"Have they kept him in his place?"

"In some of his performances this season we have seen glimpses of his power, his technique under pressure and you just think, "wow, in the right circumstances this guy can blow people away".

Loftus-Cheek has had to be patient in his wait for a breakthrough.

"There's so much more to come from him, but there's no point getting too carried away at this point".

"At the start of the season it was hard for us (to get going as a pair), but having Christian back will be a bonus for us", he said.

"I'm just trying not to get too caught up in what everyone else and the media are saying", he said.

"He is a good player, good physique, gets around the pitch".

But the player's dad was hardly surprised.

Amazingly, for a player with so little experience, next year's World Cup in Russian Federation becomes a realistic goal, even if he refuses to think too far ahead.

"I think they experience some of that with their clubs as well and (against Germany) a very young team - I think in the end, by the time we made the changes, five debutants - really took those things on board well".

'There's fantastic potential there and hopefully he keeps working hard to fulfil it'.

Loftus-Cheek failed to start a Premier League game last season under Antonio Conte and he was allowed to leave on a season-long loan this summer.

"No, because the more you play, the more confidence you get", he said.

Loftus-Cheek is in line to continue his development as a England star of the near future with another run-out for the Three Lions against Brazil, at Wembley tomorrow.

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