England spot for Ruben Loftus-Cheek surely ends hopes of Palace return

Crystal Palace fans wave flags and sing in the crowd during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst Park in south London...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been named in England's World Cup squad which surely rules out a return to Palace next season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park on April 28,...

News of Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion in England's World Cup squad has been celebrated by Crystal Palace fans who had a front row seat to his hugely impressive rise – even if it effectively ends their hopes of re-signing him next season.

Loftus-Cheek, who left Chelsea on loan for a season at Selhurst Park last year, has seen his impressive campaign rewarded with a seat on the plane to Russia, sat alongside Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard as Gareth Southgate's midfield options.

As is par for the course, there are plenty who are slightly miffed with some selection decisions – particularly those to leave Jack Wilshere and Jonjo Shelvey behind. But there has been little argument from those who saw Loftus-Cheek play an integral role – alongside Wilfried Zaha - in Palace's successful survival bid this season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

Notable by their absence on today's squad list were two English players bought by Chelsea last season after allowing their 21-year-old midfielder to leave; Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley – neither of whom even made the reserve list.

Loftus-Cheek will have the platform this summer to underline once again what a sorry decision that was from his club and show he is ready to challenge for a starting role at a club competing for major honours next season. Unfortunately for Palace, that surely closes the door on a return to south east London.

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