RUBEN Loftus-Cheek sent out a message to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: I’m a player.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has made just 19 appearances for the champions-elect since 2014, was a class apart as England’s Under 21s ripped Denmark apart.
The Danes are no mugs, as their qualification campaign showed, but they were no match for Aidy Boothroyd’s young lions.
Especially with Loftus-Cheek in this sort of form. He ran the show and ended up with two goals for his efforts.
Boothroyd has inherited a talented bunch of young England players who can go on to greater things. Certainly, with Gareth Southgate now in charge of the national side.
Solly March and Cauley Woodrow were also on target as England continued their preparations for this summer’s European Championship finals in Poland with a convincing win against a fancied nation.
Loftus-Cheek, who has scored seven goals in 17 appearances for the Under 21s, was at the heart of everything that was good about Boothroyd’s boys in white.
Carrying on the good work of the likes of Stuart Pearce and Southgate before him, the former Watford boss has some talented individuals at his disposal.
None more so than Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, a second-half substitute against Germany, and the central figure against the Danes.
He opened the scoring by slotting in Jacob Murphy’s low cross, and completed the rout by finishing off a pass from Jack Grealish.
Manager Boothroyd was full of praise for his players – Loftus-Cheek in particular – after a win that put down a marker ahead of their opening Euro finals clash with Sweden in June.
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39302209 – Boothroyd told BT Sport: “”Ruben was terrific. But the reason he was terrific is he had ten other players who worked really hard for him.
“He still has things to do in certain aspects of his game, but they all do.”