Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made quite an impact during his season-long loan at Crystal Palace and ahead of Gareth Southgate “officially” announcing England’s World Cup squad this afternoon, reports are suggesting that the 21-year-old has been given a place on the plane to Russia.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been included in the England World Cup squad, according to @GraemeBailey. Gary Cahill misses out.
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) May 15, 2018
It’s quite remarkable to think that a player who has never been able to break into the first-team at his parent club has been deemed good enough for a place in the full England squad for a World Cup but to Loftus-Cheek’s credit, his performances in Palace’s midfield over the course of the 2017/18 season have hinted at the outrageous potential within his game.
The same source suggests that Gary Cahill (a Chelsea and England regular in recent years) has been given the chop by Southgate; a decision which further proves that the Three Lions’ boss is ready and willing to go with youth and potential over “experience” this summer.
After watching Loftus-Cheek flourish when selected for a pair of England friendlies against Germany and Brazil respectively back in November, it always seemed likely that Southgate would take him to Russia if fit but even so, it’s heartwarming to think of him being given the chance to impress on the biggest stage in world football.
That platform does of course present a potential barrier to our chances of convincing the Blues to let him leave this summer, with his every impressive touch at the tournament likely to lessen our chances of landing him ahead of the new Premier League season. We were always going to be facing something of an uphill battle to lure him away from Stamford Bridge but if he does manage to impress the watching world out in Russia, he will become untouchable from Palace’s perspective.
There is of course a chance that the tweet above could be wrong but given the identity of the source, I’m pretty sure it’s solid information.
Congratulations to him, it’s well deserved.