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England boss Gareth Southgate was full of praises for Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of tonight’s game against Germany.

The 21-year-old, who is currently on-loan at Crystal Palace, was given his first England call-up and is set to make his England debut tonight against Germany at a sold-out Wembley stadium.

Loftus-Cheek is in fine hands under his former England Under-21 boss Southgate and Steve Holland whom he of course knows well from Chelsea as well as the England set-up.

Speaking ahead of the game, Southgate lauded Loftus-Cheek’s ability.

“He [Loftus-Cheek] has always been the biggest kid in the playground, but he’s not a player who’s survived on physical strength,” said Southgate at his final press briefing ahead of tonight’s game against Germany.

“He’s a player of great technique. He’s a different sort of player, at his best in behind the opposition midfield driving at defences with great technical quality, dribbling ability and power. He’s a really exciting player.

“I was hoping to bring him in last month but he had an injury. He’s a player I’ve worked with since Under-15s.

“He’s quite a quiet lad so I’m hoping he gets a lift in confidence from how we see him, the level we think he’s capable of.”

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