Ruben Loftus-Cheek showed for England that he deserves central Crystal Palace role

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace continue to struggle this term and they need a boost - one that Ruben Loftus-Cheek's form could provide.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace have improved since Roy Hodgson's arrival, but they remain bottom of the Premier League table.

While one issue for former manager Frank de Boer was how limited the club's transfer business was, he was still able to bring in key men who can aid the club's survival bid.

One of those, however, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, has spent too much of his time at Selhurst Park playing in a slightly unnatural wide position.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace beats Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on September 23,...

The Chelsea loanee is a central midfielder and he showed just what he is capable of in that role on his England debut on Friday night.

On a big stage, with some of Europe's finest talents on display, Loftus-Cheek stood out as England's best outfield player, dancing away from defenders and driving through the German midfield.

Hodgson must have been delighted to see a showcase of such quality, but he must also have noted the 21-year-old's excellence in a different position to that which he has been given under the former Three Lions boss.

England's midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) controls the ball chased by Germany's midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (R) during the friendly international football match between England and Germany...

Loftus-Cheek's role has perhaps been affected by the lack of a proper centre forward - with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend pushed into forward positions - but Hodgson must be looking at ways that he can get the young star into the middle of the pitch.

If Loftus-Cheek continues to perform as he did at Wembley, Palace's hopes of steering clear of the drop can only be improved.

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