England manager encouraged by emergence of Loftus-Cheek and Winks

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

The 21-year-old midfielder, on loan at Crystal Palace, was named man of the match on his senior England debut in Friday's goalless draw with reigning world champions Germany at Wembley after producing an eye-catching and composed performance in central midfield.

Despite being outplayed in the first half, England's youthful side arguably had the better of their opponents in the second 45 minutes, and could have even snatched victory had Jesse Lingard converted a glorious chance with the last kick of the game.

Ryan Giggs' post-match punditry following Ruben Loftus-Cheek's impressive England debut didn't go down well.

"At times it was hard for them to press us because of the composure we showed and the system we played, so I think it was a brilliant experience for our players".

'He's got all the attributes, the physicality, the touch and the finesse and when he runs with the ball he's got all the power, but I think he can do more. "I've seen him and he's better than Bakayoko for me".

The Blues meanwhile sent Loftus-Cheek on a season long loan to Crystal Palace in order to gain more experience and prove that he can succeed at the highest level.

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"And when you see his physical size, you think you'll also see a certain type of player". I don't think the wider public may be as aware of him - you would have to follow very closely - but we believe in him and believe in the others we played.

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in the younger ages, they've shown that this week in training". There's been an energy about the group.

"It seemed as if there has been loads of pull-outs but actually, it's been really tight and without getting too carried away, I thought the performance was a really encouraging one".

So much so he earned his first England call-up.

"We'll see whether Phil stays with us, but definitely Angus following the injury to Jack (Butland)", he said.

"He's a good player who we need, so who knows what we can do yet".

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