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Roy Hodgson: 'Ruben Loftus-Cheek can make England World Cup squad'

Hodgson: 'Loftus-Cheek can make World Cup'
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson backs on-loan midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make the England squad for next summer's World Cup.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has backed on-loan midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make the England squad for next summer's World Cup.

Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan from Premier League champions Chelsea, impressed in the Three Lions' 0-0 draw with Germany.

The 21-year-old's England debut in that game has added to Gareth Southgate's options, and Palace boss Hodgson believes that Loftus-Cheek could be a worthy contender for a World Cup place.

"Why not?" Hodgson said when questioned by reporters. "The important thing for us is that he plays well for us. I am convinced that if that happens, he will be a contender for Gareth Southgate."

Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for Palace's game against Everton on Saturday, however, after sustaining a back injury in Tuesday's goalless draw with Brazil.

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