22-year-old Chelsea player left 'devastated' after developments last night - journalist

Chelsea’s Reece James is reportedly “devastated” because he’s set to be left out of the England squad for the World Cup.

England boss Gareth Southgate names his final 26-man squad this week for Qatar, with several Chelsea players hopeful of a call-up to the major international tournament.

James, 22, has been sidelined for the past month with a knee problem that risks keeping him out of the World Cup.

The right-back has been a regular for the Three Lions in recent internationals, but it sounds like he’s been hit with bad news.

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Recce James out of England squad

The Sun claimed on Monday that James could be recovered from his knee problem within three weeks and ready to play by the end of November.

However, Daily Mail journalist Sami Mokbel delivered a fresh development last night.

Mokbel reported on Twitter that James has missed out on Southgate’s final England squad, leaving the player “devastated” because he’s tried to make himself fit and available.

He’s returned to light running now without any intensity, but Qatar comes too soon for him.

With England’s World Cup campaign kicking off on 21 November, it does feel quite a big risk to take someone recovering from injury.

In our view, James would be one of the first names in the starting XI if fit.

Described as “unbelievable” by Kyle Walker, Chelsea’s full-back will have his time on the biggest stage later on in his career.

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Let’s hope James can overcome this personal blow and is ready to return post-World Cup in Chelsea colours.

The worst thing he could do is aggravate his injury and rush a return.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.