Ruben Loftus-Cheek's father claims Jose Mourinho 'held him back' at Chelsea

Asked if the assured debuts of Loftus-Cheek and now injured Winks made him feel more positive about his options, the England manager said: "Yeah, and I think the slightly different system opens up different possibilities".

Gareth Southgate was encouraged by England's fine all-round display against world champions Germany but singled out Ruben Loftus-Cheek for special praise.

"There's fantastic potential and hopefully he keeps working hard to fulfil it".

"I just focus on myself, on getting better, on listening to Roy [Hodgson] and the coaches around me, the senior players around me and try to develop into the best player I can be".

Chelsea return to Premier League action next weekend when they take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Of the youthful trio, it was Loftus-Cheek who stood out from the crowd, putting in a man of the match performance and earning the plaudits from numerous supporters.

Pickford has impressed for Everton following a big-money move from Sunderland, while Loftus-Cheek and Abraham - both on loan from Chelsea - have hit the ground running at Crystal Palace and Swansea City, respectively.

The important thing is that Chelsea is still Loftus-Cheek's parent club and has a chance of making our team next season.

"John's always been supportive of me and he's still a great player", he said.

"I've had a lot of texts from the Chelsea boys telling me to just do what I do and hopefully I'll do well, and that was nice".

The youngster stole the show in the midfield, winning the man-of-the-match award for his accomplished performance against the World Cup-holders.

While Palace are struggling in the Premier League, Loftus-Cheek has been churning out commanding performances from the middle of the park.

"These guys have really helped me", he said.

More young talent is set to join the squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Brazil.

Vanessa Coleman

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