Ruben Ira Loftus-Cheek is an English professional footballer currently playing at Premier League Club Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea. He was born on 23 January 1996 in Lewisham, London, England.
Loftus-Cheek joined Chelsea’s youth system at the age of eight. He was born to former footballers Carl and Leon Cort. Loftus-Cheek showed a lot of promise in all the youth teams and he soon managed to break into the senior squad at Chelsea.
He has represented the following teams - Chelsea, Crystal Palace, England (U16,U17,U19,U21) and England.
Loftus-Cheek made his professional debut on 10 December 2014 against Sporting CP in a UEFA Champions League group stage match. He replaced Cesc Fabregas 7 minutes before full time.
He made his international debut in November 2017 against Germany and played the full 90 minutes of the match. He received the Player of the Match for his impressive performance.
Rise to Glory
After playing his way through the England U16, U17, U19 and U21 teams, Loftus-Cheek received a call-up for breaking through to the senior squad at his club. He fully deserved the call-up due to his performances. At the youth level, Loftus-Cheek impressed with his gritty midfield abilities and earned a call-up to the U21 team. He was named in the provisional European Championship squad.
He took part in the Toulon Tournament and scored the winner against France. Ruben was adjudged Player of the Tournament for his performances throughout the tournament.
Loftus-Cheek played for the full 90 minutes in his debut friendly against Germany and received the Player of the Match award for showing brilliance in the 0-0 draw. He has managed only one more match after that and looks to impress on loan at Crystal Palace. England manager Gareth Southgate, who plays a lot of youth in his team will look towards talents like Loftus-Cheek in the future.
Loftus-Cheek started receiving recognition for his performances in the 2011-12 season for the youth team. He got injured and then returned to play in the 2012 FA Youth Cup Final. He went on to make more and more appearances for the U18 and U21 teams and was a crucial part of the squad.
The FA Youth Cup was theirs when Loftus-Cheek was a regular for the team in the 2013-14 season. They were also U21 Premier League Champions that season. In the 2014-15 season, Loftus-Cheek received his debut for the senior squad in a match against Sporting CP in the UEFA Champions League. In that season, he made more appearances for the team as a late substitute and went on to win the UEFA Youth League for the U21 side.
In the next two seasons, Loftus-Cheek would go on to make a very limited number of appearances due to the presence of other better players and his injury problems. He has played 32 games so far, scoring 2 goals and providing 5 assists.
Loftus-Cheek was sent on loan to Crystal Palace in a season-long deal. He impressed with his performances which led to his international call-up from manager Gareth Southgate. He has played 20 games, scoring 1 goal and providing 4 assists.