Reece James has been a revelation under Frank Lampard this season. After missing the start of the season through injury, the 20-year-old has made his way into the Blues first team and has made the right-back spot his own.
But is the young defender deserving of his first senior England call-up?
James only made his U-21 debut in November last year but seems to be more than capable of making the step up to senior level. He is putting in brilliant performances every time he steps onto the pitch for Chelsea and is receiving constant plaudits from Chelsea fans.
Despite the abundance of promising right-backs in the England set-up, the Chelsea man is arguably the most well-rounded of the lot. From his performances so far, there looks to be no clear weakness in his game. He is looking like a player who will reach the very top and is regarded by some as the Blues’ most promising young talent.
The full-back earned his chance at Chelsea following an impressive spell on loan at Championship club Wigan Athletic last season. He was utilised in midfield as well as at right-back and was even named the club’s Player of the Season.
This season, he is only getting better and Southgate would be crazy to look beyond the Chelsea youngster. It will be very difficult for James to displace the impressive Trent Alexander-Arnold in the England side, but a call up to the senior side is the very least the young right-back deserves.