'Really hard to get past': Phil Foden is a big fan of Chelsea defender

Phil Foden named Chelsea defender Reece James as the strongest member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Speaking on the Three Lions TikTok channel, Foden was asked to pick his toughest international teammate.

England have a few fair sturdy individuals within their ranks.

Harry Maguire and Tyron Mings make up a pretty mean centre-back partnership.

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Luke Shaw is certainly no lightweight, nor is Declan Rice or Kalvin Philips.

England’s Mr Muscle

But Foden fell upon James as the most solid within Southgate’s group.

“I’d probably say Reece James,” said the Manchester City star.

“Proper powerful and really hard to get past.”

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Foden’s claim arrives just days after The Athletic reported that City were interested in the Blues academy product.

Pep Guardiola is said to be a massive fan of the Chelsea full-back, whose skills involve being one of the strongest players in the Premier League.

It should therefore come as no surprise James topped the strength pile.

James the juggernaut

Jude Bellingham has already highlighted his compatriot’s power during an interview on the England YouTube channel.

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“Honestly, I got close to him a few times in training and you just bounce off him,” admitted Bellingham.

“He’s so strong, and fast, and powerful that he’s like the perfect athlete.” 

James’ physique is not typical for a man of his age, but he’s certainly grown into his frame well.

Very few attackers survive a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge with the 21-year-old.

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His physical attributes make him the ideal defensive unit, whether that being at right-back, centre-back or even in midfield.

Can you blame Guardiola for wanting to buy the Blues star?

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.