Cheek-y reminder for boss Mourinho

England U21's Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) and Kazakhstan U21's Yerkebulan Tunggyshbayev battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2017 Under 21 Qualifying match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
England U21's Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) and Kazakhstan U21's Yerkebulan Tunggyshbayev battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2017 Under 21 Qualifying match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek inspired England’s Under-21s to breeze past Kazakhstan and maintain their 100 per cent European qualifying record.

The Chelsea midfielder opened the scoring to send a reminder to under pressure boss Jose Mourinho he is ready to help the struggling Barclays Premier League champions.

The 19-year-old has only played 17 minutes of top flight football this season, but produced a stand-out performance as England won 3-0 in Coventry. Nathan Redmond and Chuba Akpom - on his debut - added to the scoreline and it should have been more as Loftus-Cheek and Akpom hit the woodwork.

Victory completed successive wins in their opening two Group Nine games in Gareth Southgate’s side quest to reach Euro 2017.

Southgate had warned not to expect a goal rush, but his young guns immediately set out to prove him wrong as they dominated from the off.

Slick England were streets ahead of their visitors and Akpom was inches away from a deserved opener when he smacked a a shot against the inside of a post after 12 minutes.

It was a glorified training session for the hosts, with Kazakhstan packing nine men behind the ball.

Keeper Stanislav Pavlov denied the influential Loftus-Cheek, but England’s procession lacked a goal and Akpom headed James Ward-Prowse’s corner over.

Hull’s Arsenal loanee had not scored in 10 games and should have ended his drought instead of planting his six-yard header off target.

Kazakhstan managed a couple of raids of their own as Didar Zhalmukan volleyed wide and Matt Targett blocked Shaikhov’s drive.

Southampton left-back Targett then tested Pavlov from distance, but England finally scored eight minutes after the re-start when Ward-Prowse’s free kick was only half cleared to Loftus-Cheek who rifled in from 12 yards.

The keeper picked out Redmond with a stunning 60-yard pass and the Norwich winger cut inside before sliding past Pavlov at the near post.