Liverpool starlet hoping to emulate Loftus-Cheek with England debut
By George Brooks
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his former Chelsea teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek by making his England debut on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old is hoping to announce himself on the international stage against five-time World Cup winners Brazil at Wembley.
Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, stole the show on his England debut on Friday night and was awarded man of the match in the draw with world champions Germany.
“It was amazing for him to be named man of the match on his debut and that is something that all the young boys now want to follow,” said Solanke, as quoted by The Independent.
Solanke stared for the England Under-21s in the 2-0 victory over Ukraine on Friday night and joined up with the senior squad on Saturday.
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He was called into the squad alongside Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook and Manchester City’s Angus Gunn.
England boss Southgate has repeatedly shown that he is not afraid to hand the England’s youngsters a chance to prove themselves and he did so again with Loftus-Cheek on Friday.
Solanke heaped praise on his manager for the faith he has shown in the younger players.
“A lot of the boys know Gareth from the Under-21s and he obviously knows a lot of us,” said the forward.
“So I think that it’s a really good time to be a young England player. He is really good and he is always looking to help us and guide us through.”
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