Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to earn England spot after injury return


Ruben Loftus-Cheek has not given up hope of earning a place in England’s World Cup squad, but concedes he is running out of time as he battles back from injury.

The midfielder – currently at Selhurst Park on loan from Chelsea – has been out since late December with an ankle injury.

But Loftus-Cheek was man of the match when England held Germany to a goalless draw in an international friendly at Wembley in November, and he may yet make Gareth Southgate’s squad for Russia this summer.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to earn England spot after injury return

“In my head, it’s just a case of playing as many games as I can,” he told Sky Sports News when asked about his World Cup chances.

“I think there are seven games left [in the Premier League season] and if I can get as much game time as possible, who knows what can happen.

“For me it’s just a case of getting my head down, work hard and playing my best football.”

Loftus-Cheek came off the substitutes’ bench late on as Palace boosted their chance of remaining in the top-flight with a 2-0 win away to Huddersfield last weekend, and he remains upbeat about their survival chances.

“That was massive win, it feels like every game is a must-win and that Huddersfield game was a big three points that has pushed us up the table,” he added.

“It is still tight down at the bottom but we believe in ourselves to keep winning.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to earn England spot after injury return

“The ankle is feeling much better. It was a scary moment for me in December [when I was injured] but it’s really good now.

“I am happy to be back fit and training, I am fit to play and hopefully I can use this international break to build up my fitness and be ready to go.”

Loftus-Cheek is upbeat on Crystal Palace's survival chances
Loftus-Cheek is upbeat on Crystal Palace’s survival chances

Roy Hodgson’s side play Liverpool – live on Sky Sports – when the Premier League resumes after the international break and Loftus-Cheek insists they fear no one at home.

“Liverpool are on form at the moment but we have proved at Selhurst Park, where we beat Chelsea and took [Manchester] City to a good draw, we can perform against big teams,” he said.

“After that win [against Huddersfield], if we can take that into the Liverpool game, that will be good.”


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