Ruben Loftus-Cheek may represent England U21s at Euro 2019
Despite having not played at that level since 2017, Ruben Loftus-Cheek may represent England at the U21 Euros.
His lack of appearances for club and country have pushed the 21-year-old down the pecking order, with FA officials stating that this will be beneficial for his development.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad in Russia after an impressive loan spell at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace, however he has since failed to gain regular football under Sarri at Chelsea.
He missed that summer’s U21 European Championship in Poland with a back injury and was then elevated to the senior squad at the start of last season.
Loftus-Cheek remains open to selection for the Under 21s, having been born after January 1, 1996 — the cut-off date to be eligible for Euro 2019.
The midfielder has played only 66 minutes for his club since last month’s friendly against Switzerland has kept him out of Southgate’s plans. The FA want to see him playing regularly and dropping back to the Under 21s would get him game time.
Asked if Loftus-Cheek had played his last game for the U21s, head coach Aidy Boothroyd told the 'Daily Mail': "No, he hasn't. I’d never say that. There is obviously a stage when they do (graduate) but he is on the cusp of it. I would never say never."
Boothroyd refused to rule out the potential switch.
"No, I wouldn’t. But if Gareth says he is an England player, in the seniors... well, that is what my job is (to get them in to the senior squad).
"There are a few players who could play for the Under 21s next summer. That’s a discussion that we need to have", he added.