Loftus-Cheek eyeing World Cup

Sunday, 12 Nov, 2017

His impressive performances for the Eagles have earned him a call-up from Gareth Southgate, and former Chelsea player and coach Wilkins insists England have a top talent in their ranks.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his global debut in midfield, while Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also in line to win his first cap for England against the world champions.

Abraham and Loftus-Cheek are both on a season-long loan deals at Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively from Chelsea, and Higginbotham believes they have a "great opportunity" to impress Southgate.

It has to be said that a stalemate is a good result for Three Lions, especially given the fact that they had three debutants in the starting XI and two more would feature off the bench.

"I don't think the wider public maybe would be as aware of him, you'd have to follow him very closely, but we believe in him and we believe in the others that we played".

"When you don't play you really feel the difference of what matches give you - match sharpness, the fitness. I think there was a freshness and energy about it".

Pickford - who only started because Jack Butland broke his finger the day before the game and had to be withdrawn from the squad - likewise produced a stellar performance.

England's next game comes against Brazil on Tuesday, and Loftus-Cheek is bound to be involved again. As inexperienced as they are at that level, there is a pathway through.

Then he woke up and made a decision to give Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn a call to replace Jack Butland.

He's yet to start a Premier League game for his new club but did score for England Under-21s in the 2-0 win against Ukraine last night. If we do that, the technical type of player that is coming through our system now and the athletic profile we have got could be really exciting.

"Then we'll have a look and we'll just assess what's required". Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], [Joe] Gomez, when he came on, and Jordan Pickford have shown some really good qualities.

"I was a little bit disappointed with Rose".