Ruben Loftus-Cheek played an important role for England in the World Cup in Russia, and the 22-year-old has revealed how the World Cup experience has helped him.
“I am so happy I was able to play in a few of the games, and contribute to a massive World Cup for England as a nation,” he told the official Chelsea website.
“I see it as a really good experience for me personally. I loved being with the squad. Most of the boys were of a similar age, as well. They were such good lads and we gelled really well together.
“It was a really enjoyable experience, but also an educational experience for me. I have played international football before but not on the world stage, so I learned what it’s like, what the pressure is like, and I got a feel for what playing at the top level is like.”
Loftus-Cheek’s first appearance in Russia was off the bench in England’s opener against Tunisia. The Chelsea midfielder played a key role in that game having come on with the scores level and just 10 minutes remaining. Loftus-Cheek’s presence helped England grab a late victory to win the game 2-1.
“I just tried to come on and inject energy and pace and power, take risks and run at the opponent and try and make stuff happen.
“The game looked like it was fading out a bit. In the end I pressured the corner from which we scored the winner. That was a massive three points. It set the tone. The feeling was great in the changing room afterwards.”