Ruben Loftus-Cheek Comments on Surprise World Cup Inclusion
Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek has spoken out following his surprise inclusion in England’s 23-man World Cup 2018 squad.
After struggling to break into the Chelsea first team, Loftus-Cheek was sent on loan to Crystal Palace this season.
Following the Eagles’ slow start to the season, the 22-year-old showcased his potential star power, playing a crucial role in the turnaround the club underwent once Roy Hodgson was appointed as manager.
The Londoner was rewarded for his sterling performances at club level with a call-up to the England squad last November and he impressed on debut, winning the man of the match award in a goalless draw against world champions Germany.
Although Loftus-Cheek had an impressive season, not many would have expected him to win a place in the World Cup squad, especially as Gareth Southgate had more seasoned and experienced options to call upon.
In the end, however, the youngster overcame the odds and was selected ahead of the likes of Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana.
From a neutral’s perspective, it is hard to see Loftus-Cheek starting in Russia. He can nevertheless aim to use the experience in his growth process and make the most of whatever opportunities he may get. If he carries on developing at his current rate, he could be one of the best midfielders in England in another four years.
When talking about his World Cup selection, he said: “The thing I hear most about my game is obviously my physicality – power and driving with the ball.
“If I can bring that to the team it would be fantastic.
“I always try to do my best and whether I do start or don’t start, I think we all have to be together as one in this tournament.
“It’s a massive tournament and if everyone is together, who does start and doesn’t start, and we back each other then like I said we’ve got a good chance.”
England will not be one of the favourites during the tournament In Russia. They can aim to use the underdog tags they have to their advantage and aim to break their major tournament drought, which has now spanned 52 years.
The Three Lions play their first game in Russia against Tunisia on June 18 in Volgograd.