England's Southgate has big calls to make

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Sport pundit Danny Mills has admitted that he was underwhelmed by Tottenham's Eric Dier in his performance for England against Germany on Friday night.

"To go to the World Cup?".

The likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling had all withdrawn from the squad due to injuries and their absence paved the way for Loftus-Cheek to start on the right-hand side of England's three-man attack.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had not been in touch before his Wembley bow but former England boss Hodgson has given Loftus-Cheek all the worldly advice he needs.

From the opening whistle, the 21-year-old looked composed and assured, and he is always looking to make things happen.

Gareth Southgate is dishing out England caps for fun. "It's a great opportunity for some of these players".


There was one defining moment during the first half when he produced an impressive double nut-meg to flick the ball through the legs of Leroy Sane and had the audacity to do the same thing again seconds later to Marcel Halstenberg. For me, I would never want to rewind the time, because I learned a lot about myself mentally and I feel like I got mentally stronger.

"The World Cup is still a long season away and I still want to improve until the end of the season.I think there's a chance but I have to keep learning, keep getting better and hopefully I can be considered for the plane", the 21-year-old said after the 0-0 draw on Friday night.

"I think we have to be courageous and put some of these boys in because we think they're capable".

But despite seeing his on-pitch development stall while training with Chelsea's first team at Cobham, Loftus-Cheek insisted he feels no bitterness towards his parent club and actually thinks he has benefited from the experience.

You sense, talking to Loftus-Cheek, that he has a sensible head on his shoulders.

Loftus-Cheek, who was handed the man-of-the-match award, appears to have done enough to get a starting spot for the upcoming friendly against Brazil, judging by the comments made by Southgate.

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