Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted a classy brace for England U19 as they hammered minnows Luxembourg 8-0.
The 18-year-old midfielder’s first goal came in the first half following some neat exchanges with Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts.
His second of the night was England’s sixth as the heavy favourites piled on the pressure. Loftus-Cheek broke clear of the defence before clinically firing home five minutes after the restart.
His brace for the national team only adds to the growing references he has been receiving over the past 18 months following his rise through the youth teams at Stamford Bridge.
The England U19 international joined the Blues at the Under-8 level and made his U18s debut as a 15-year-old towards the end of the 2010/11 campaign.
His impressive rise through the ranks drew attention from elsewhere, with reports back in 2012 suggesting that Manchester United and Barcelona were monitoring his development.
Nowadays, the U21s captain is the star man for the Stamford Bridge youth team as he led the youth side to a national league title and FA Youth Cup double.
After making first0team appearances in friendlies in the past, a Premier League debut for Jose Mourinho’s side or a loan spell in the Championship is surely not far away.
Loftus-Cheek has all the ingredients to make a name for himself in West London, and he could become the club’s finest young player to break through since John Terry.