Peter Crouch says he loves 21-year-old Chelsea player, but he shouldn’t start for his country

Peter Crouch has said he’s a big admirer of Chelsea ace Reece James but wouldn’t start him if he was selecting England’s XI.

James, 21, is an outstanding talent from Chelsea’s academy currently shining in the Blues first team.

The all-action defender is thriving in a more advanced wing-back role under manager Thomas Tuchel. He’s scored four goals and made three assists in just 11 appearances this season.

Pundit Crouch has shared his admiration for Chelsea’s full-back. However, he says that Liverpool’s 23-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold would be his starting right-back when selecting an England line-up.

It’s worth noting that the duo are both behind Manchester City’s Kyle Walker right now for England manager Gareth Southgate, though. 

“I just think his (Alexander-Arnold) quality going forward, his control and delivery is incredible. I love Reece James. We have plenty of good right backs but for me, Trent is the best,” Crouch said.

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James must stay focused on Chelsea form

Of course, James will have aspirations to add to his eight senior England caps. This is something that should take care of itself in time, despite the fact there is serious competition at full-back for his country.

The Blues youngster needs to keep his eye on the ball to stick in Tuchel’s XI.

Chelsea’s manager has shown he will rotate his side regularly and it’s up to James to try make himself one of the first names on the team sheet. 

The fact he’s now contributed to more Chelsea goals than anyone else this season is a massive bonus. Also, he adds a real physicality and aggression to the defence when he plays.

It’s easy to forget he’s still only 21. Alan Shearer recently hailed the way he’s becoming much more of an attacking threat this seaosn.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.