The classy midfielder spent last season on-loan at Crystal Palace, where he excelled under Roy Hodgson, leading to his selection in the Three Lions’ 23-man squad heading for Russia.
With England labouring against a sticky and stubborn Tunisia side in Volvograd, Gareth Southgate turned to the 22-year-old with the score tied at 1-1, and he managed to really impress in the final 10 minutes.
He won the corner which led to England’s eventual winner, and his all-round performance left Chelsea supporters fans back in the UK drooling over his potential for next season:
Mad that Chelsea spent over £70m on Drinkwater, Barkley & Bakayoko when they had Loftus-Cheek.
— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) June 18, 2018
Don’t know if football is coming home, but Loftus-Cheek is.
— CarefreeDaily. 🚬 (@CarefreeDailyFC) June 18, 2018
A certain Italian thought Loftus Cheek was a striker and asked for Danny Drinkwater to be signed for 35 million
— 👑Mr Chelsea Boss👑 (@MrChelseaBoss) June 18, 2018
Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek looking at home in their World Cup debuts. Work's being done at the academy, and there's more to come. #CFC
— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 18, 2018
Loftus-Cheek is ready to come back to the Bridge.
He is a BEAST. Proper footballer.
— Sicelo Dlamini (@Mpakafi) June 18, 2018
@ChelseaFC you see ruben loftus cheek..yeah? You lot need to bring the lad back to the bridge & pair him up with kante.
— conran (@conranKstar) June 18, 2018
Sarriball at the Bridge confirmed. Next season I’m repping Loftus-Cheek 💉💉Sarri better do wonders with him https://t.co/EP0ENdpcnB
— 🇳🇬 (@KanteTweeets) June 18, 2018
Looking forward to seeing Loftus-Cheek back at the Bridge next year
— Glenn Charker (@glenncharker_) June 7, 2018
— Peter (@Qudaboy) June 18, 2018
— Dalio🏃🏾🏋🏾 (@daliosway) June 18, 2018
If Loftus Cheek doesn’t get into the Chelsea team next year im giving up on football. Just the thought of watching Bakayoko gives me a headache
— James Philp (@TheJay32) June 18, 2018
Chelsea bought Danny Drinkwater & Ross Barkley while loaning out Ruben Loftus-Cheek 🤔
— Lee Smith (@LeeSmith2000) June 18, 2018
Of course, with the London club’s managerial situation up-in-the-air at the moment, it remains to be seen if Loftus-Cheek actually still has a future with the Blues.
But what did you think of his display for England?