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Barton likens Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek to Gazza

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton is convinced by the quality of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The midfielder made his competitive debut for England on Monday as he came on as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Tunisia.

“I was really impressed by Loftus-Cheek when he came on," he told talkSPORT.

“He looked lively and had that ability to go past a player from midfield.

“I just had a funny feeling, and I'm not comparing them by any stretch, but my first World Cup as a kid was Italia 90 and Gascoigne obviously started that tournament as a squad player.

“He had the number 19 on his back and by the end of the tournament he'd really been taken into the country's hearts.

“I just have a feeling that could be Loftus-Cheek for England in Russia.

“He's got that kind of quality, I really think that boy is that good of a player and I'd love to see him start getting more game time."

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