Ruben Loftus-Cheek "really happy" with England debut

Tricia Pearson
November 12, 2017

It has to be said that a stalemate is a good result for Three Lions, especially given the fact that they had three debutants in the starting XI and two more would feature off the bench.

"But I still think I am not in the best condition right now because I have had injuries at the start of the season which hindered my development and fitness".

"I felt like I needed to play a lot, so I came in and said I wanted to go away from Chelsea and play games".

The stats make for good reading as Loftus-Cheek had a 96 percent pass completion rate, completing 50 successful passes out of 52.

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in younger ages and in the week in training, there's been an energy about the group". I had Gareth in charge for almost three years at the Under-21s and the boys have been great.

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Gareth Southgate's England squad had been crippled with injuries in the run-up to the friendly and it gave the former England Under-21 boss the opportunity to hand some of his former starlets a chance.

Despite the new faces in contention for England starting spots, the average age for the expected starting side is 25-years-old, but Higginbotham believes that will only get lower as younger players - including those from the U21s - are handed more regular senior global game time. So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.

"Get into other clubs, play in their first-team, and you've got a much better opportunity of playing at the highest level".

Loftus-Cheek is clearly enjoying a new lease of life following his season-long loan move to Crystal Palace and believes the best is yet to come.

You sense, talking to Loftus-Cheek, that he has a sensible head on his shoulders. I'll find out whose played well tonight, who warrants the decision. If we do that, the technical type of player that is coming through our system now and the athletic profile we have got could be really exciting. "He can be really pleased with his performance".

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