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Blues youngster ‘had a vision’ to leave Chelsea and it is proved right as he wins man-of-the-match on England debut

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek has admitted he had to leave the club in order to speed up his career, a decision that seems to have paid off as he as seen himself given an England call up ahead of the upcoming international friendlies.

The 21-year old joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan at the beginning of the summer and has been impressive enough to merit a call-up in Southgate’s England squad.

Going out on loan is a decision players can’t make lightly, and the midfielder says it is a decision he needed to make in order to get his career going.

“I had a vision and it became quite strong that I wanted to go from Chelsea,” said Loftus-Cheek.

“I felt like I needed to play a lot, so I came in and said I wanted to go away from Chelsea and play games. So we came to an agreement.

“You can only improve so much in training. Games and training are completely different. So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.

“I thought it was the best decision to go from Chelsea to play and develop myself which looks like being a good thing.”

England boss Gareth Southgate had praised the youngster ahead of the games with Germany and Brazil, saying he hopes the 21-year old can prove his quality at the national stadium.

“He’s always been the biggest kid in the playground, but he’s not a player who’s survived on physical strength,” said Southgate.

“He has great technical quality, dribbling ability, power, I think he’s a really exciting player.”

“He’s quite a quiet lad, so I’m hoping he gets a lift in confidence from how we see him, the level we think he’s capable of.”

Well clearly Gareth Southgate meant what he said as he started both Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham on their debuts against Germany last night at Wembley.

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After the stellar performance of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was awarded man-of-the-match in the 0-0 draw it certainly seems like the Chelsea youngster has announced himself on the biggest of stages as we predicted he would a few days back.

Hopefully this breakthrough will make the powers that be at Chelsea realise they have young world-class talent on their hands and start using them in their first team.

Tammy Abraham the other Chelsea loan star who made his debut last night, also played a big part in the draw with the World Champions as he showed he too belongs at the highest level giving a quality performance upfront.

Blues fans must be ready to see some of their home-grown and Chelsea developed stars making an impact on the first team and by the looks of things it is going to happen very soon if Loftus-Cheek and Abraham have anything to say about it.
[Quotes via Sky Sports]