Ruben Loftus-Cheek had 'vision' to leave Chelsea and accelerate career


That is the verdict of pundit and former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

The Chelsea midfielder, who is on loan at Crystal Palace for the season, was named man of the match for England's 0-0 draw with Germany as he played behind Jamie Vardy and fellow debutant Tammy Abraham.

And Jenas believes he has given the boss a selection headache going forward.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he had a "vision" in the summer to leave Chelsea in order to speed up his career, a move which has seen him earn an England call-up.

In particular, Loftus-Cheek shone on his global debut, dominating the vastly more experienced Mesut Ozil for large sections of the game.

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Neither Abraham or Loftus-Cheek would have necessarily expected to start the first of these two games, but after a string of players withdrew from the squad including Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling, it seems Gareth Southgate has been somewhat forced into trialling a team of younger players for tonight's fixture.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his worldwide debut in midfield, while Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also in line to win his first cap for England against the world champions. So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.

"When you turn and get into those attacking areas, go and express yourself". I had Gareth for three years in Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was another impressive performer as he made his debut between the sticks for the Three Lions, and he made a number of fantastic saves to keep City's Leroy Sane and Timo Werner of RB Leipzig from scoring on Friday night.

Loftus-Cheek in action for England.