Father: 'Jose Mourinho held Ruben Loftus-Cheek back'


His place in the squad was reward for his showings on loan at Crystal Palace, with Chelsea farming him out in an attempt to grant him some first-team experience.

Loftus-Cheek himself has revealed he believes he's been held back a little at Chelsea - his father pointed the finger exclusively at former manager Jose Mourinho - but that he's now benefitting from finally getting his chance in the big league.

Loftus-Cheek has been a mainstay of England's youth setup since he played for England U16s in 2011, and he blossomed in central midfield against Germany, as some stunning touches had many wondering whether he could provide the X factor in an England midfield that has often been stale and unimaginative.

"They are good players so in training they look fine". "He has to come back!"

And after Loftus-Cheek's integration into the national squad and man-of-the-match performance against Germany, they would be foolish to do the same again. "He has a great future", Willian said. England are a very strong team with young players, quality players. 'It was hard for us to find spaces because they had a lot of players behind the ball.

"If he scores between five and 10 goals this season, ups the number of assists and begins to boss midfields in the Premier League, then it will a no-brainer for the club I suspect". We tried shifting it to the other side but we did not create much.

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"I think in the last two or three years I've had to be patient. For me, I never would want to rewind the time because I learned a lot about myself mentally, and I think I have got mentally stronger".

Southgate also admitted that he believes Chelsea players have held him back in the past.

He said: "I've had no contact".

The young England starlet has shown how good he is so far this term and has been one shining light in an abysmal Crystal Palace season.

"You can't win really, but I personally feel that it would have helped Ruben to have been loaned out a year earlier".