Paul Merson has revealed that he is a keen admirer of Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he was sent out on loan to Crystal Palace from Chelsea. I thought fair play for him to go to [Crystal] Palace and I am pleased he got in the [England] team.
The 21-year-old shone in an attacking midfield role on his debut, with his strength pace and skill suddenly giving Southgate another interesting option as he continues to build his squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.
Despite Palace languishing at the bottom of the standings, the youngster has impressed and ended up earning a call up to the England national team for friendlies against Germany and Brazil. "He's a good boy and he still has a lot to work on, like all of us".
"So it seemed as if there had been loads of pull outs and it's a bit messy, but actually it's been really tight and I think the performance - without getting too carried away - was a really encouraging one".
"I think we need the stability of the three behind that at the moment, but also all of those guys at the back use the ball well". He's strong, he's got great physicality, he moves the ball really well.
As quoted by the Mirror, he said: "I've known Ruben a long time - I think the first time I saw him was an Under-16 global - I think Dele Alli played that night in his first game too".
"The last few games, we've shown that we play football and have played well". If you're not playing week in, week out, the manager said before the Germany game that it would be hard for you to be in the squad.
Chelsea return to Premier League action next weekend when they take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Only Antonio Conte and his coaching staff will know why Loftus-Cheek didn't feature much for the Blues last season.