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‘Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be like Paul Gascoigne at Italia 90 for England’

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first_imgAnd Barton believes he could emerge as England’s secret weapon in Russia – much like how a 23-year-old Paul Gascoigne became a star on the international stage at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.“I was really impressed by Loftus-Cheek when he came on,” the former Manchester City midfielder told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He looked lively and had that ability to go past a player from midfield.“I just had a funny feeling, and I’m not comparing them by any stretch, but my first World Cup as a kid was Italia 90 and Gascoigne obviously started that tournament as a squad player – he had the number 19 on his back and by the end of the tournament he’d really been taken into the country’s hearts. Loftus-Cheek got 10 minutes to impress against Tunisia, and he used his time well 2 Gazza in action at the 1990 World Cup in Italy – a tournament which famously ended in tears “I just have a feeling that could be Loftus-Cheek for England in Russia.“He’s got that kind of quality, I really think that boy is that good of a player and I’d love to see him start getting more game time.”Listen back to Joey Barton on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!center_img Getty Images 2 Joey Barton has tipped Ruben Loftus-Cheek to play a big role for the rest of England’s World Cup campaign after an impressive cameo in Monday’s 2-1 win over Tunisia.Loftus-Cheek may have only played for ten minutes in the last-gasp win in Volgograd, but he made a big impression with his energy and a number of tidy touches.Replacing the flagging Dele Alli on 80 minutes, the 22-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder seemed to wake the rest of his team-mates up with his bustling attitude, which eventually produced a stoppage-time winner as Harry Kane’s brace got England off to a crucial winning start in Russia.Gareth Southgate is expected to rotate his team for the Three Lions’ next outing against Panama on Sunday, and Loftus-Cheek could get a chance to shine in midfield.last_img read more