England boss Southgate warns Reece James about his sending off
England manager Gareth Southgate said Reece James has grabbed the opportunity to be in the Three Lions squad but must learn from his red card.
It has been a great few months for the 20-year-old.
Not only that he has earned a more regular role at Chelsea, but the defender has finally made his senior debut for the Three Lions.
James was initially in the England U21s squad before Southgate promoted him to the senior squad following Raheem Sterling’s withdrawal from the squad due to an injury.
And it’s safe to say, the Chelsea defender didn’t waste his chance to impress the England manager.
Southgate told the reporters (via England’s official Twitter account): “We thought he did so well, not only in the matches with as last month, but in every training session as well.
“He was a brilliant example to any player coming in that if you get the opportunity to train with the team, train well.
“If you get the opportunity to be on the field for 10 or 15 minutes, do that well, and then you gain trust and you get more opportunities to show what you can do.”
While James was certainly among the best performers for England during the last international break, his inclusion in England’s 29-man squad for the next break is rather surprising.
His red card just after the full-time whistle in their loss against Denmark means he will have to miss out on two of the three games England will play in the next international break.
Southgate said James must learn from his mistake and explained why he decided to keep him in the squad despite the suspension.
“He knows that wasn’t acceptable [the sending off] and he misses the chance to play in the qualifying matches this time,” the manager added.
“But we want him with us for the Ireland game in particular just so that he can build on what he has done with us so far.”