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His emergence has sparked optimism surrounding his England future and questions over why Chelsea were willing to loan him to Palace, but Hodgson was not surprised at how well Loftus-Cheek did.

Loftus-Cheek made quite an impact during the global break as he produced a man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw against Germany before featuring against Brazil, although he had to be substituted in the latter fixture with injury.

His good performances for Palace caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate, who rewarded him with his first senior worldwide call-up.

But as Benteke prepares to return against managerless Everton, England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to miss the game with a back injury suffered while on worldwide duty.

Willian said: "He's a very good player".

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Crystal Palace manager has confirmed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is suffering from a back spasm, but revealed that striker Christian Benteke is back from injury and likely to play against Everton this weekend.

England manager Gareth Southgate has claimed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has to be given time "to build his resilience" after being taken off in the first half of the goalless draw with Brazil.

So far, the 21-year-old has been impressive in his loan spell. England are a very strong team with young players, quality players.

Southgate was full of praise for England's youngsters after they held both Germany and Brazil 0-0, singling out Loftus-Cheek and Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez for their contributions.

The England manager is confident the injury is not a long-term setback and insists he will give Loftus-Cheek time to build his "resilience" after impressing on his senior worldwide debut last week. "We're well-stocked in certain areas, like centre back, but have fewer options in others, like centre forward". I've got the opportunity to play every week and there's guarantees in the team, but I think I have a better chance of playing. "I'm focused at Palace for the season".


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