Loftus-Cheek relishes regular play at Crystal Palace after Chelsea 'journey'

Ruben Loftus Cheek will start for England against Germany on Friday at Wembley

Dier, 23, wore the captain's armband in the worldwide friendly clash that finished 0-0 at Wembley, and although it was a goalless game, it definitely gave some encouragement ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer as Gareth Southgate was forced to field a second-string side.

Gareth Southgate has been significantly hampered by injuries, with a number of key players absent tonight, including Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, and Jack Butland, in what is the most inexperienced Three Lions side in 37 years (101 caps).

"When you don't play you really feel the difference of what matches give you - match sharpness, the fitness".

Against a well-oiled machine, they will have periods in the game where they control possession but I didn't think they hurt us.

Both goalkeepers were forced into making good saves to keep the scores level as chances were made at both ends of the pitch, but senior midfield enforcer Dier was not someone who stood out to BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Mills.

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, now on loan at Crystal Palace, was one of five players to make his debut against the world's top-ranked side and produced a man-of-the match display.

Southgate knows the midfielder having played him during his time as England Under-21 manager, and is convinced the Lewisham-born man is capable of operating on the biggest stage.

"I just tried to soak it all in and I am really pleased with it".

Aidy Boothroyd's side continued their excellent unbeaten start to their European Championship qualifying with a 2-0 win in Ukraine earlier on Friday.

Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had also been under consideration for experience.

"He's got so many good attributes and that's why we put him into the team". 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. We had to qualify and then we could start to look at some of these guys and see what was possible.

"I was a little bit disappointed with Rose".



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