Chelsea defender Reece James will miss World Cup 2022

Reece James ‘devastated’ after World Cup exclusion.

The defender’s World Cup dream seems to be over after Gareth Southgate didn’t include the right-back in his final squad.

He was sidelined with a knee injury he picked up in October against AC Milan in the Champions League.

The 22-year-old Chelsea defender who has 15 caps for England was devastated to not get included in the 26-man squad which will be announced on Thursday.

This puts Gareth Southgate with a rather depleted squad just before the World Cup commences next week.

“The minute I injured my knee, I knew the turn around to make the World Cup would be tight, but I always felt it was possible,” James said.

“I’ve worked harder than I ever thought I could to give myself the best chance of going and I truly believed I could help the team.

“I appreciate there was risk on both sides but it was one I was willing to take. Good luck to the boys. I’ll be back soon. Stay safe and sending love.”

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