Who is Reece James?
Reece James is an English player who plays as a right-back for Premier League giants Chelsea. James was born on 8 December 1999 in Redbridge, Greater London.
Reece belongs to a footballing family, where his sister, Lauren, is also a professional player for Manchester United Women. The 21-year-old defender joined the Blues at the age of six and turned professional in March 2017.
During the 2017–18 campaign, James captained the U18s to win the FA Youth Cup and was named Academy Player of the Season.
Reece became Blues’ youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the fourth goal of their 4–4 comeback draw against Ajax on 5 November 2019.
The English defender signed a long-term deal with the London club in winter 2020.
On 14 September 2020, Reece scored his first Premier League goal in a 3–1 victory over Brighton.
On 29 May, the 21-year-old right-back won his first-ever Champions League as Chelsea won 1–0 with Man City in the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final in Porto.
What is Reece James’ international career like?
Reece has represented the Three Lions at the youth level from U18 up to U21. In May 2017, the 21-year-old defender was included in the U20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament.
James started in the final as the Three Lions beat the Ivory Coast to retain their trophy.
In summer 2017, the English right-back was part of the U19 team that won the 2017 UEFA European U19 Championship. Reece started in the semi-final with the Czech Republic.
The 21-year-old defender was a member of the U20 team that travelled to the 2019 Toulon Tournament and was carried off on a stretcher with ankle ligament damage during the first half of the final group match defeat to Chile in summer 2019.
On 4 October 2019, Reece was included in the U21 team for the first time. James made his U21 debut during the 3–0 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification win against Albania on 15 November 2019.
On 5 October 2020, Reece was called up for the first time to the senior squad by coach Gareth Southgate following an injury to Raheem Sterling.
Reece made his debut on 8 October at Wembley Stadium, coming on as a 58th-minute substitute for Kieran Trippier in a 3–0 victory over Wales.
James was sent off for dissent after the final whistle in his second start with Denmark. Reece was named in the 26-man Three Lions squad for Euro 2020.