"Dele has played around 200 games now and he's only 21 - I honestly do believe Loftus-Cheek has the ability to be equally as good as him, no question about it".
"The manager just said do your best".
Unless there's a catastrophic injury crisis at the end of the season, this team won't be the one Southgate selects in the World Cup next summer in Russian Federation. "I have to keep learning and getting better and hopefully there's a chance to get on the plane".
If Gareth Southgate wanted a selection problem he's been given one by Loftus-Cheek. When you turn and get into attacking areas express yourself, try something and show you're the man. "It was his debut and it was and a fantastic one".
Ruben Loftus-Cheek's performance was the talk of Wembley as the young midfielder, on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, had an outstanding debut against World Cup holders Germany.
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The 21-year-old has always been tipped for stardom but was forced to switch from Stamford Bridge to Selhurst Park in the summer in search of regular first team football, and the change has done him no harm at all on last night's evidence.
England's next game comes against Brazil on Tuesday, and Loftus-Cheek is bound to be involved again.
They repaid his faith by holding world champions Germany to a draw.
"The age in the squad was good for us".
Gareth Southgate's experimental line-up understandably struggled to dominate against a Germany side which could boast the experience of Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels, as well as established stars Julian Draxler and Manchester City's Leroy Sane.