Wilkins: Loftus-Cheek can match Dele Alli

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Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set his sights on playing for England at next summer's World Cup.

Wilkins, now a pundit, has claimed that Loftus-Cheek can be as good as Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli, after the Chelsea midfielder was called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

The Chelsea midfielder, on-loan at Crystal Palace, impressed at the base of the Three Lions midfield against the world champions on his global bow.

And he sparkled against the world champions on his worldwide bow by putting in a display that earned him the man-of-the match award. "I felt like I needed to play a lot, so I came in and said I wanted to go away from Chelsea and play games". "It was a really tactical game. I was with him for almost three years in the Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here", a visibly exhilarated Loftus-Cheek stated.

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"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in the younger ages, they've shown that this week in training", Southgate said.

He said: "To go to the World Cup - it's a long season and I still have to improve".

"Now I'm not knocking Chelsea because Chelsea can do whatever they want but the fact is that surely you've got to give the guy a chance". He has the physical attributes and can handle the ball.

I honestly do believe Loftus-Cheek has the ability to be equally as good as him, no question about it.
"He's an exciting player and he's one who might have gone under the radar a bit for the wider public until now".

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