‘I’m not intimidated by anyone,’ says England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea midfielder is confident he will be able to handle the ‘immense pressure’ of World Cup competition next month

Ruben Loftus-Cheek described his World Cup call-up as surreal, and there have been plenty of times in the recent past when he would have considered the chance coming his way this summer the stuff of fantasy. He could point to the plateauing of his senior career on the fringes at Chelsea or, having joined the club’s considerable loan army, the trauma of Crystal Palace’s appalling start to last season. Then there was the three-month hiatus in mid-winter as an ankle injury checked the momentum generated by regular game time.

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