Gareth Southgate: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is capable of anything

Southgate: Loftus-Cheek is capable of anything
By Eurosport

10/11/2017 at 23:30Updated 10/11/2017 at 23:57

England manager Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Ruben Loftus-Cheek following an impressive debut for the national team.

The Chelsea midfielder, who is on loan at Crystal Palace for the season, was named man of the match for England's 0-0 draw with Germany as he played behind Jamie Vardy and fellow debutant Tammy Abraham.

Whilst the game itself was generally poor Loftus-Cheek stood out and Southgate, who managed him at U21 level, was full of praise.

"In the first half we needed a couple of really good saves from Jordan Pickford - we caused our own problems with a couple of those. But we posed our own questions and I thought we used the ball well," he said.

"Ruben Loftus-Cheek did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he is OK at this level.

" He is capable of anything. "

He has the physical attributes and can handle the ball. He will gain huge confidence from it. There will be harder tests as the likes of Germany will have another gear to go to."

Loftus-Cheek said he learned a lot during the game and thanks Southgate for helping him settle in the senior squad.

"If we won it would have been better but I'm really happy. It was a really tactical game. It was good for us young players and I certainly learned a lot.

"The manager has said 'do your best'. I had Gareth in charge for nearly 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.

England captain for the night Eric Dier added: "I think we did well. Obviously against a well-oiled machine they will have periods in the game where they control possession but I didn't think they hurt us.

"And we had our periods, broke well at times and are actually disappointed we haven't scored."