England new boy set to start against Germany at Wembley

Date published: Thursday 9th November 2017 12:12

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday’s friendly against Germany, according to widespread reports.

The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez.

Gareth Southgate’s men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role in a defensive midfield role.

Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 – a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph.

Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint.

Such are the lack of options that Chelsea’s Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham’s Tayo Edun – members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad – trained with the senior squad on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate’s side.

Burnley’s Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George’s Park.

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