Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his England debut in the goalless draw against Germany on Friday night, and the Chelsea youngster has been getting rave reviews since the game after his man-of-the-match performance.
Former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Loftus-Cheek must prove to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that he was wrong to send him out on loan by continuing to churn out good displays.
“He’s had a few injuries early in the season, but what he’s shown is that if he plays with better players he is a better player,” he said.
“I thought he was exceptional on Friday night and I hope he plays against Brazil.
“He’s got all the attributes, the physicality, the touch and the finesse and when he runs with the ball he’s got all the power, but I think he can do more.
“I think he can boss games from start to finish because if you played against him in midfield, you’d think ’this guy can run the game’.
“He is so strong, he’s 6ft 3in, but he could do it more often.
“There’s no point showing it in flashes, he has to show us he is the real deal and show everybody at Chelsea ‘Why are you letting me go on loan? I should be in your first team’.
“That is the big thing for him now, can he show how good he is on a regular basis at Crystal Palace?
“If he can, he will go back a better player.”