The classy ENGLAND and CHELSEA central midfielder tells MATCH all about his first football experiences!
RUBEN SAYS: “Beckham’s free-kick against Greece is my first memory of an England game. I never used to sit down and watch games properly, but I remember seeing him whip it in, and then trying to do it myself!”
RUBEN SAYS: “My first kit would have been a Chelsea one. After my first season with the Under-8s, they gave us a full kit – I think it was Umbro. I’d put on the shin pads and Astros to walk around the house!”
PAIR OF BOOTS!
RUBEN SAYS: “Predators – when I was about seven. The white ones with the elasticated tongue – they were the best!”
RUBEN SAYS: “Because I was so young, they didn’t take my picture properly the first time I was on the game, so it looked absolutely nothing like me! It was weird – for some reason, they made me left footed. Where did they get that from?”
RUBEN SAYS: “I was 14 and ready to go home when I got told I’d be training with the first-team because they needed extra numbers. I was so nervous – we played one-on-ones and I got paired with Didier Drogba! I think he went easy on me!”
RUBEN SAYS: “I came off the bench against Sporting in the Champions League. Mourinho kept hinting that I would start. Anyway, it got to the 80th minute and I was like, ‘Am I going to play?,’ but then he brought me on. You’ve just got so much nervous energy, you just run about!”
RUBEN SAYS: “It was v Scunthorpe in the FA Cup and I’d come on at half-time. I ran in off the right, pulled back, got a good connection and found the corner. You just run off, you don’t think! It was a good moment.”
RUBEN SAYS: “I wasn’t expecting it! I found out from my phone because my brother texted me to say well done, and I was like, ‘What for?’ I quickly switched on the TV to Sky Sports, and saw my name running along the bottom of the screen! It was an emotional moment.”
THREE LIONS DEBUT!
RUBEN SAYS: “That was a really proud moment for me and my family because England is the pinnacle, and playing Germany at Wembley is big. I just played my normal game, and got a few nutmegs! The first one was pure instinct, but I saw the second one coming! I didn’t think about it until after the game when my phone was absolutely blowing up!”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was supporting the biggest grassroots football tournament in the country – the PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Since its launch, over 200,000 players have been involved. Visit www.playstationschoolscup.com