Ruben Loftus Cheek
Ruben Loftus Cheek (Ruben Ira Loftus Cheek) is an English professional footballer born on 23rd January 1996 in Lewisham, London, England. He plays for Premier League club Chelsea and the English national team.
Ruben Loftus Cheek Age
He was born on 23rd January 1996 (22 years as at 2018)
Ruben Loftus Cheek Career
At the age of eight Ruben Loftus Cheek joined Chelsea. During the 2011-12 season he was very impressive although he got a hip injury, from which he recovered by the end of the season. He made a substitute appearance in the 2012 FA Youth Cup final.
In the 2012–13 season, Loftus-Cheek made 18 appearances for the U-18 squad and 9 appearances for the U-21 squad. He was rewarded, at the end of the season, for his good form to travel with a place in the first- team squad for a post season friendly against Manchester City in May 2013.
In the 2013 -14 season he helped Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup and was a regular for the U21s as they won the Under-21 Premier League.
On 10th December 2014 he made his senior debut for the club replacing Cesc Fàbregas for the final 7 minutes of a UEFA Champions League group match against Sporting CP at Stamford Bridge; Chelsea won 3–1 having already come first in the group.
On 31st January 2015 Ruben Loftus Cheek played his first Premier League, coming on for Oscar in added time at the end of a 1–1 home draw against Manchester City.
On 3rd February he was promoted into José Mourinho’s first team squad alongside fellow teenager Izzy Brown. On 13 April, Loftus-Cheek played for Chelsea in the final of the 2014–15 UEFA Youth League against Shakhtar Donetsk in Switzerland, which ended with a 3–2 victory for Chelsea.
On 10 May 2015, Ruben Loftus Cheek was awarded his first start against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, playing 60 minutes and recording a 100% pass completion record, before being replaced by Nemanja Matić, in a match that ended 1–1 draw. Although Loftus-Cheek only made three league appearances out of the whole season, Mourinho stated that he would receive a winner’s medal for his contributions that season.
On 29th August 2015 he made made his first appearance coming off the bench against Crystal Palace as Chelsea suffered their first home defeat of the season.
On 10th January 2016 he scored his first senior goal of his career in the 68th minute in an FA Cup match against Scunthorpe United, which Chelsea won 2–0. He was a half-time substitute for Oscar. Excluding
John Terry, he became the first player to have been at Chelsea since before the age of 15 and score for them since Carlton Cole 10 years and 3 days earlier.
On 29th February 2016 he signed a new five-year deal after impressing when given the chance in the first team. He scored his first league goal on 2 April, scoring the opener in a 4–0 win against Aston Villa away. After scoring his first league goal, Loftus-Cheek continued to be in the starting line-up in the following two matches against Swansea City and Manchester City.
In the 2016 -17 season Ruben Loftus Cheek was deployed as a striker, playing alongside Diego Costa during preseason, under new manager Antonio Conte. After the loan departure of Bertrand Traoré, Loftus-Cheek was handed the number 14 shirt prior to the season’s beginning, switching from his previous number 36.
On 23 August 2016, Ruben Loftus Cheek made his first appearance of the season, starting against Bristol Rovers in the Second round of the EFL Cup. He started the build-up of the first goal, as well as providing
the assist to the third goal scored by Michy Batshuayi, which turned out to be the winner of a 3–2 victory. He received a standing ovation as he was coming-off for Oscar in 82nd minute, and was also praised by Conte after the match.
On 12 July 2017, Ruben Loftus Cheek joined fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace on a season-long loan. He made his debut on the opening day of the season during their 3–0 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, playing for the full 90 minutes. Following some impressive form, Loftus-Cheek was rewarded with a senior call-up by manager Gareth Southgate to the England squad for their fixtures against Germany and Brazil in November 2017.
Ruben Loftus Cheek International Career
In 2011 he represented England at under-16 level for the first time and then progressed through to the U17, U19 and U21 teams. He received his first call up to the England U21 team in 2015, being named in the provisional squad for the European Championship after impressing for the U19s and breaking into the senior Chelsea team.
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In 2016, Ruben Loftus Cheek took part in the Toulon Tournament with England and scored what proved to be the winning goal in the final against France. After the match, he was named Player of the Tournament,
becoming the first English player to win the award since Alan Shearer in 1991.
In November 2017 he received his first call-up to the England senior squad. He made his England debut during their friendly fixture against Germany, in which he featured for the full 90 minutes, winning man of the match after an impressive performance in the 0–0 draw.
On 16 May 2018, Ruben Loftus Cheek was included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Ruben Loftus Cheek Parents/ Family
His mother Juliette Cheek is of British origin and his father, Trevor Loftus, is of Guyanese origin. He is the half-brother, on his father’s side, of former professional footballers Carl and Leon Cort.
Ruben Loftus Cheek NEWS
Ruben Loftus-Cheek holds off Chelsea future talk until after World Cup… but suggests Antonio Conte’s future will have an impact on his final decision
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is putting any decision on his future on hold until England’s involvement in this summer’s World Cup is over.
The 22-year-old is due to return to Chelsea following an impressive season on loan at Crystal Palace, but it is unclear as to whether he would get the first-team football his talent warrants.
A number of clubs would jump at the chance to sign him on a permanent basis, but Loftus-Cheek says his future is likely to be impacted by the future of Antonio Conte, who is still expected to depart Stamford Bridge after two years in charge.
The midfielder also says it would be disrespectful to Gareth Southgate and his England team-mates to even consider his future while competing in Russia. As a result, he will refuse to entertain any more questions until their tournament ends.
He said: ‘It’s unfair to my team-mates if I’m not fully focused on this so all the talk about my future will have to wait until after the World Cup.
‘I’ve enjoyed Palace but I don’t know what happens from here as there are so many variables.
‘Different things happening at Chelsea may affect my whereabouts next season.’
Loftus-Cheek was a key player at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace recovered from a terrible start to finish 11th in the Premier League.
Among the many things he learned during his time in south London, the most prominent lesson was how important it is to play regular football.
He continued: ‘I’ve really realised the importance of playing regularly for my own progress and development.
‘I felt like I got better and better every game at Palace so playing regularly is the key going forward and that will help me make my decision after the World Cup.’
Source: DailyMail (11th June 2018)