Ruben Loftus-Cheek has one eye on Russia after display against Germany

Friday 10 Nov 2017
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (No10) was named man of the match on his England debut

Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes he has given himself a chance of being in England’s squad for Russia 2018 following a man of the match performance against Germany.

The Crystal Palace loanee put in a star turn on his senior Three Lions debut as Gareth Southgate’s side held the World Cup holders to a goalless draw at Wembley Stadium.

Loftus-Cheek said: “The World Cup is still a long season away and I still want to improve until the end of the season.

England 0-0 Germany
  • A Men's International
  • Friday 10 November
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
“I think there’s a chance but I have to keep learning, keep getting better and hopefully I can be considered for the plane.”

He continued: “It could have been better, if we had won it would have been better.

“But I’m really happy, it was a tough game against a good Germany side and it was a very tactical game.

“I certainly learnt a lot in this game so it [was] a good night.

“Gareth said to do my best like I normally do. I was with him for nearly three years in the Under-21s, so it wasn’t too much of a new thing coming here.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier captained his country for the first time and he believes there are plenty of positives to take from England’s performance as they now prepare to entertain Brazil on Tuesday.

Eric Dier in action against Germany

Dier added: “I think we did well against a well-oiled machine in Germany.

“They are going to have periods in the game where they control possession but I don’t think they hurt us on many occasions.

“We also had our periods where we did that and controlled the game. We broke well on the counter-attack at times and I think we could have scored.”

He continued: “We need to continue to build and not just against Brazil, but for the future.

“We’ve got to keep working hard and keep looking to improve.”

Tickets for England v Brazil are still available, priced £55.

By Glenn Lavery at Wembley Stadium