Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes that if England can fulfil their potential they can challenge for top honours.During the summer, they finished fourth in the World Cup, falling to Croatia in the semi-finals and then Belgium in the playoff for bronze.They started their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 loss against Spain at Wembley on Saturday and on Tuesday tackle Switzerland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loftus-Cheek aims to replace the injured Dele Alli in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the midweek friendly and has been impressed with the squad.“I think we definitely have that potential,” he said when asked if this group is good enough to challenge for honours. “We have to have that belief to try and change things around.“We are in this transition phase at the moment where we want to become one of the best teams in the world – up there with Spain, France and Germany.“We want to compete with them and dominate football.“We are in this transition phase where we want to have it mentally in our heads that we are one of the best teams in the world.“It is that belief to have the courage to play in tight areas and try and play football rather than just going long. It takes time but we are working towards it.”Being close at hand to some of the world’s top players has given the 22-year-old midfielder the opportunity to study their games, and it was Sergio Busquets who caught his eye for Spain at the weekend.“His frame doesn’t look like a frame of a footballer; he is tall and gangly, but he’s so sharp in his mind,” he said.“He knows what he wants to do next, his technique – he looks like he has so much time on the ball.“He takes two touches or one touch and he makes it look so easy. If a fast and strong player had that as well, you could dominate.”Loftus-Cheek is hoping to win his ninth cap at Wembley on Tuesday, though he faces an uncertain time at club level, with opportunities liable to be limited at Chelsea this season under Maurizio Sarri.
Mumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) BMW Group India today reported a robust 25 per cent growth in car sales selling 9,800 units in 2017, with the flagship BMW delivering 1,879 more cars to customers in the year gone by.BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeler arm, which made its debut here in April 2017, sold 252 motorcycles within the nine months of launch, the company said.”BMW Group India delivered 9,800 cars, including 421 units of the small-premium car Mini, registering a growth of 25 per cent over the year-ago period,” it said.BMW sold 9,379 cars in 2017, clocking a growth of 25 per cent compared to 7,500 units delivered in 2016, the company said, adding Mini also logged a growth of 17 per cent, over 2016 cent, at 421 units.This is the best ever numbers for the second largest luxury carmaker in the country.The German auto giant has three brands here– BMW, Mini and Motorrad.In 2017, the BMW sales growth was predominantly driven by the sports activity vehicle (SAV) segment, particularly the compact X1 and its premium variant X5.The second half of 2017 also saw an unprecedented acceleration in sales with the launch of the all-new 5 Series, the most progressive sport-business sedan here, it said.”The year 2017 was a challenging year for the automotive industry in India that adversely affected stability and impacted consumer confidence due to several policy fluctuations.”We have achieved this successful growth as a result of our robust strategy, a resolute approach in its implementation,” Vikram Pawah, BMW Group India president said.”We are confident of continuing this momentum but our primary goal is to grow the size of the luxury car market here. We strongly believe, that leading the growth of the segment is more important than anything, even more important than being just Number 1,” he added.advertisementThe market leader Mercedes is yet to announce the numbers, while No 3 Audi reported a tepid 2 per cent volume growth and the British rival JLR reported a whopping 49 per cent spike in sales in the year. PTI IAS BEN BEN