Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping for his form for England Under-21s can help fire the Young Lions to Euro success and propel Chelsea to the Premier League title.
The 21-year-old was particularly impressive during the U21s’ 4-0 victory over Denmark on Monday as Aidy Boothroyd’s side took another step in their preparations this summer’s Euro Finals.
- An Under-21s International
- Monday 27 March 2017
- BioNutria Park, Randers
- Live on BT Sport
With two goals and an assist to his name, Loftus-Cheek caught the eye in Randers and will now be hoping to take that form into the competition in Poland this June.
“It’s a big tournament and I want to be at my peak fitness for when it comes,” he said.
“For me now, my focus is when I play at my club I’m at my best and keep this fitness and sharpness for the Euros.
“I remember when I went two years ago, that was my first trip with the U21s, and I was on the bench so I got to see what it was like at a tournament and it’s a big competition.
“So if I get a chance to play, I will do my best and hopefully that will be enough to take us far.
“Every player in the team we’ve got, we have ambition and we want to do well, we’re going there to win.”
Following his trip to Germany and Denmark with the Young Lions, Loftus-Cheek now turns his attention back to domestic duty when he heads back to Stamford Bridge for the rest of the campaign.
Despite being a regular in Antonio Conte’s squad, Loftus-Cheek has only featured in three top-flight games this term as the Blues look to close in on the title in the next few weeks.
And the midfielder is hoping he can play his way into more involvement in training, with the incentive of potentially collecting a Premier League winners’ medal should they retain top spot.
“I think I have to be on it, because when you don’t play much and you get a chance to play, I train hard and I train to the best of my abilities so when these opportunities do come, you’re hungry from the first whistle,” he added.
“I just have to do my best in training for myself to improve but also to give the manager confidence so that he can decide to put me on and I don’t let him down.
“Antonio is one of the best, the discipline he has at the club and he’s got the players working as a team, so it’s amazing for me to be a part of that.
“Depending on how much I play at my club towards the end of the season, I want to try and keep as fit as I can for the Euros.
“I’m ready whenever the manager needs me, so if he puts me on a couple more times, I’ll get a medal.”