The Crystal Palace playmaker's promising debut for the Three Lions against Germany has him targeting a spot in England's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
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11 Nov 2017 - 2:38 PM  UPDATED 11 Nov 2017 - 2:38 PM

Loftus-Cheek collected the man-of-the-match award after a scintillating display, having taken the place of injured stars Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli, Loftus-Cheek.

The 21-year-old hopes to continue forcing manager Gareth Southgate's hand come next year's tournament in Russia.

"[The debut] could have been better - if we'd won, it would have been better," Loftus-Creek told ITV.

"But I'm really happy.

"It was a tough game against a good Germany side. I think it was a very tactical game. With the age in the squad, it was good for us young players. I certainly learned a lot in this game.

"[Southgate] hasn't said too much. He just said: 'do your best like you normally do'. I had Gareth for three years in Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here.

"The boys have been great. I've settled in really well and they've given me a platform to go out and play.

"To go to the World Cup, there's still a long season and I'm still looking to improve until the end of the season. There's a chance, but I have to keep learning and keep getting better."

Loftus-Creek is currently on loan from Chelsea and has made eight senior appearances while providing two assists.

Eric Dier - captain in Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane's absence - felt England could have won the game, with Jesse Lingard squandering a great late opportunity.

"I think we did well, obviously against a very well-oiled machine in Germany," he said.

"They're going to have periods in the game where they control possession, but I felt they didn't really hurt us on any occasion when they did that.

"We also had periods where we controlled the game. We broke well on the counter-attack as well at times and we're actually disappointed we couldn't score."

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