Ruben Loftus-Cheek "really happy" with England debut

13 November, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set his sights on playing for England at next summer's World Cup.

But England also had some bright moments, with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek making an assured debut and Tammy Abraham desperately close to scoring with his first touch in senior global football in the second minute.

England held world champions Germany to a 0-0 draw after giving debuts to five players as their inexperienced team came through a first-half lesson in a lively Wembley friendly on Friday. "It was a really tactical game".

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"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in the younger ages, they've shown that this week in training", Southgate said. Against a well-oiled machine, they will have periods in the game where they control possession but I didn't think they hurt us. Gareth said to do my best like I normally do. I had Gareth in charge for almost three years at the Under-21s and the boys have been great. "I've settled in really well and they gave me a platform to go out and play".

Dier was one of three Spurs players in Gareth Southgate's starting line-up, alongside defensive duo, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier - as the Three Lions gave a good account of themselves as preparations step up ahead of next summers FIFA World Cup Finals in Russian Federation. I see things in him that lead me to believe he can play at this level.

"I certainly learnt a lot in this game so it (was) a good night". He's one that for the wider public may have flown under the radar a bit until now.



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