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StoryMIKEL TIPS CHELSEA YOUNGSTERS

Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has tipped youngsters of the club Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to find their way into the England first team, saying they are good enough.

Both youngsters have very promising future, being amongst the top prospects from the club's academy. They are close to breaking into the first team of the club but the competition at the Blues midfield makes it difficult.

Loftus-Cheek and Chalobah have grown under Gareth Southgate in the English Under-21 set-up.

Mikel says having seen them play that they have what it takes to break into the senior team and to succeed in football, in a statement that will have fans scrambling on to www.1st4footballtickets.com to get tickets for Chelsea's up and coming home fixtures.

“Why not? I think they are now doing it for the Under-21s so I think they will. Loftus-Cheek is a great player, Chalobah is a good player. If they want to play for England then they will have a role to play one day. England has a massive load of talent out there so they have to work hard and make sure that in the years to come that they will still be there,” the Nigerian play maker told Goal.

Loftus-Cheek won the Toulon Tournament with the Under-21 team this summer and has been used more than his teammate by Coach Antonio Conte.

“They are all very, very good players, you can see the future of Chelsea right there. I am sure that these players will play a massive role at this football club for many years to come. Loftus-Cheek, everyone knows who he is and he has played a few games for the first team.

“It is about mentality, how bad do you want it? That’s what we tell the young players [at Chelsea], it can’t be given to you, you have to work for it. You have to show the manager in training, you have to show in games that you want to play for this football club,” Mikel added.