Giggs criticises England start for Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek


He has impressed at Selhurst Park, earning him his first call-up to the England squad under former U21 manager Gareth Southgate.

Loftus-Cheek was forced off the pitch after just 35 minutes with a back injury at Wembley, days after being named Man of the Match on his senior England debut for an impressive performance in central midfield against world champions Germany. England always have good and strong players.

Star Chelsea winger Willian in what could be seen as an indirect dig at coach Antonio Conte and the management at the club has criticised the club's decision to loan out promising English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to strugglers Crystal Palace.

Hodgson insists there is no risk in throwing the 26-year-old straight back into action, as Palace look to bolster what has been the poorest attack in the Premier League so far this season.

'When a young player comes into the team, makes his debut and does well, he sometimes gets praised to the skies and we're very good at praising people to knock them down very quickly afterwards.

Giggs criticises England start for Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek
Giggs criticises England start for Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek

Ryan Giggs has questioned whether Ruben Loftus-Cheek is physically ready to play regularly at the top level after the England youngster came off against Brazil with injury. He is strong, he has quality.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson has heaped similar praise on the Englishman and backs him to maintain his focus amid rising public interest. It is interesting to many that a player who Chelsea have had in their academy since before his 10th birthday has been treated so poorly.

Benteke has not scored in any of his six appearances this season for Palace. They can improve a lot.

While the news is undoubtedly a major setback for Palace going into a game against another struggling side, Loftus-Cheek's absence could open the door for Jason Puncheon to return to the starting line-up.

"Today's a disappointment for him to have to come off because I think he'd already shown some really good touches within the game".

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