Loftus-Cheek impressed me - Southgate

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Not an elevated position he dared dream about after admitting his career had been held back by his lack of game-time at Stamford Bridge.

There will be able a temptation to play Loftus-Cheek again after a man-of-the-match debut that followed Harry Winks' impressive bow in Lithuania last month.

England's Eric Dier says that Gareth Southgate's young charges played well against world champions Germany. I had Gareth in charge for almost three years with the under-21s and the boys have been great. It was tough mentally at Chelsea, obviously not getting the game-time. I had to be really patient and have the mentality to still train right and do all the right things. That's what I wanted and I will try to build on that.

"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". It was hard not playing and having to try to be the best player on the pitch. "Chelsea is a massive club and I understand that opportunities don't come to everyone and don't come often". For me, I would never want to rewind the time.

"I certainly learned a lot, and it just gives me that taste, to want more, and to improve game-by-game". So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.


"I've got to assess who are the players that I think could play at the highest level", said Southgate.

"It took him 10 minutes to realise he's OK here", the England boss told the BBC.

Loftus-Cheek looked like a seasoned global on the Wembley turf, pulling off a nutmeg and a Cruyff turn in the first half before being clattered as he played with a real swagger against Joachim Low's silverware-heavy team. "I have a good relationship with Eddie Newton [Chelsea's loan technical coach] and Eddie is helping me behind the scenes".

The 21-year old midfielder joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal in July after graduating from the Chelsea academy where he made 22 Premier League appearances.

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