sport news Gareth Southgate warns Reece James has put his Euro 2024 place in jeopardy as ... trends now

sport news Gareth Southgate warns Reece James has put his Euro 2024 place in jeopardy as ... trends now
sport news Gareth Southgate warns Reece James has put his Euro 2024 place in jeopardy as ... trends now

sport news Gareth Southgate warns Reece James has put his Euro 2024 place in jeopardy as ... trends now

Reece James has risked his place in England’s Euro 2024 squad by turning down the opportunity of an international recall to continue his return to full fitness at Chelsea.

The Blues captain, who has a long list of injury issues, is fit again following a three-month lay-off and Gareth Southgate wanted to draft the right back into his squad for the forthcoming qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.

But in revealing his latest party on Thursday, the national team boss confirmed that James had declined a place in the squad.

‘I was hoping to call up Reece James but he doesn’t feel he’s quite ready,’ revealed Southgate.

‘I understand that, he’s had a long path back from a number of injuries. He’s probably a bit cautious in that respect, but I can understand why.’

Reece James turned down the chance to join the England set up in the international break

Reece James turned down the chance to join the England set up in the international break

The Chelsea captain is working back to full fitness after his latest injury complication

Gareth Southgate admitted James has put his place at 'risk' by turning down a call-up

Gareth Southgate admitted James has put his place at 'risk' by turning down a call-up

Expanding on the issue, Southgate added: ‘There is (a lot of talent ahead of James) and that’s the risk. He’s only got one more squad before the Euros. So he knows that. We’ve got belief in what he can do.

England squad in full 

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Levi Colwill, Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins, Callum Wilson

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‘We did discuss (reporting for duty to attend team meetings) and he was very keen to make clear, “Look I don’t want you to think I don’t want to be there”.

‘We had a really good long conversation and exchange of messages after that as well. But I’m very understanding. His injury record, you can see the number of matches and the different phases (he has missed). So we are all conscious that we want to have a fit Reece that can play consecutive games.

‘Physical reliability is going to be really important. I

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