Loftus-Cheek picks up injury in England game

Ruben Loftus Cheek of England and IIkay Gundogan of Germany battle for possession during the International friendly match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 10

Chelsea Legend Says Blues Youngster Would Have Benefited From Earlier Loan

A much changed Three Lions side held the world champions to a goalless draw where five players earned worldwide debuts, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez and Jack Cork.

The Chelsea youngster, who won widespread praise with an excellent England debut in last week's draw with Germany, went off in the 34th minute at Wembley.

It will come as a worry to Crystal Palace, with him being one of the talents charged with dragging the Eagles off the bottom of the Premier League. 'He is strong, he has quality. He has a great future'.

His powerful running and technical skill provided Palace with their only moments of attacking inspiration during their seven-game goalless run to start the season, prior to Wilfried Zaha's return from injury.

Willian believes this emerging young England will be a threat at the finals in Russian Federation next summer. 'It was hard for us to find spaces because they had a lot of players behind the ball.

"We created four or five chances to score but we didn't". They can improve a lot, like us.

Antonio Conte has spent much of the season complaining about Chelsea' lack of spending and small squad, but the Italian decided Loftus-Cheek was surplus to requirements.

"I think in the last two or three years I've had to be patient", he said, as quoted by the Croydon Advertiser.

"It was tough, mentally, at Chelsea not getting the game time, but I had to be really patient and have the mentality to still train right and do all the right things".

"Jose Mourinho held him back".

"You can't win really, but I personally feel that it would have helped Ruben to have been loaned out a year earlier".

"If however he continues to impress for England and is clearly the best of the bunch at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, I am convinced he will get a chance".

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