Gareth Southgate is expected to name his squad for the World Cup finals earlier than most, with it believed to be made public just after the end of the Premier League season and Roy Hodgson thinks that Ruben Loftus-Cheek can still be a candidate to make the trip despite his recent spell out through injury.
After the home game against Arsenal in late December Loftus-Cheek had to miss ten Premier League matches but returned from the bench in the Eagles last outing at Huddersfield Town.
In November the 22 year-old appeared in the internationals against Germany and Brazil but the latest injury setback has meant that he now faces the seven games to get back in Southgate’s plans before that tournament squad is selected.
Hodgson though sees no reason why the Lewisham midfielder shouldn’t remain positive about still being on the plane.
“I see no reason why not, he is fit again and available for selection and playing extremely well in training. He is playing in one area of the field where I do have some sort of freedom of choice with a wealth of players who I can choose but I am really pleased with him.
“Seeing him every day reminds me how much we have missed him during these last three months while he has been ruled out of action for us. If he stays as fit as he is at the moment, gets the game time between now and the end of the season I would like to think he will be a candidate amongst many others that Gareth Southgate has to choose from but I have no doubt that in terms of his physical capacity and the fact that he is free of injury there will be no obstacle to him being selected in that area so it will be quite simply a case of whether Gareth wants him in the squad of players he is taking because he thinks he is one of the best 23.”
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