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SportSouthgate disappointed for injured Loftus-Cheek

18:27  16 may  2019
18:27  16 may  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Loftus-Cheek can become Maurizio Sarri believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek can become one Europe’s best midfielders following yet another impressive performance on Sunday. The Blues secured a top four finish this season with a 3-0 victory over Watford, after both Arsenal and Manchester United dropped points, and Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season in all competitions. The midfielder replaced N’Golo Kante after 10 minutes, as the Frenchman was forced off with a hamstring problem, and produced a Man of the Match performance for the Blues.

Gareth Southgate ’s bold determination to promote youth will mean Tammy Abraham, Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus - Cheek making their senior debuts against Germany.

Loftus - Cheek , who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, never looked out of place at the heart of England's midfield and was given the man of the match award for an eye-catching performance. Southgate conceded that it took a while for the 21-year-old to adjust to the international stage

Southgate disappointed for injured Loftus-Cheek © Getty Images Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek playing for England

Gareth Southgate is disappointed Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot play for England in the Nations League Finals.

Loftus-Cheek has had a breakthrough season but faces a long spell on the sidelines after reportedly rupturing his Achilles during a friendly in the United States.

Despite being set to face Arsenal in the Europa League final, Chelsea headed to Massachusetts to take on New England Revolution this week and Loftus-Cheek will subsequently miss England's first shot at international glory since winning the World Cup in 1966.

Southgate confirmed the midfielder, along with Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi, would have been in the squad - which he will finalise on May 27 - had he been fit.

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Gareth Southgate praised the contribution of all his England debutants after the goalless draw against Germany at Wembley.

Loftus - Cheek was one of five players to make his debut against the world's top-ranked side and produced a man-of-the match display, just as Asked if the assured debuts of Loftus - Cheek and currently injured Winks made him feel more positive about his options, the England manager said

"We will find out more about a couple of players in that period and then I am going to have to make a couple of decisions," Southgate told reporters.

"But we can change if we have injuries after that date. Frankly there is every chance that is going to happen.

"We have just got to make the best possible decisions really with the information that we have. It is constantly moving.

"I went to bed last night and Ruben is in the squad and playing brilliantly and now it is a huge disappointment for him. He misses now a major European final and a brilliant opportunity with us.

"In particular he has really come on in the last few months and looked strong and playing with a lot of confidence and I am really disappointed for him in particular."

While Loftus-Cheek missed out, Harry Kane is in the squad despite having been out of action for six weeks with an ankle injury.

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England manager Gareth Southgate singled out Ruben Loftus - Cheek for praise after the midfielder's impressive debut in Friday's 0-0 draw with Germany at Wembley. Loftus - Cheek , who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, never looked out of place at the heart of England's midfield and was

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Kane is stepping up his rehabilitation in the hope of being fit to play for Tottenham against Liverpool in the Champions League final on June 1.

The striker is one of nine Liverpool and Tottenham players included in Southgate's initial 27-man selection who could be involved in Madrid.

"That's one of the unknowns," Southgate said of captain Kane, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

"He's working to be fit for the [Champions League] final. We are keeping that door open. We are going to look post-Champions League final.

"There is the physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final that we have to look at.

"I don't think we have had a time where we haven't had a lot of pull-outs but we have a really strong squad. We will know more by that date [May 27] but we can make changes after that date."

England face Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final in Guimaraes on June 6, just five days after the Champions League final, with Switzerland taking on Portugal in the other last-four clash.

Loftus-Cheek praises the influence Lampard and Terry had on his development.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hailed the impact that Chelsea legend’s John Terry and Frank Lampard both had on his development, and the midfielder revealed he hopes to add aspects from both of their style’s of play into his. The pair will both be in opposite dugouts in Monday’s Championship play-off final between Lampard’s Derby and Aston Villa, whom Terry is assistant manager for. And according to football.london, via ESPN, Loftus-Cheek believes they both played a big role in his development. “I don’t think Chelsea can ever replace John [Terry]. He was the best leader I’ve seen, not just on the pitch, off the pitch.

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