Gareth Southgate gives explaination on Reece James call-up despite suspension

Chelsea defender Reece James called up for the national side once again.

The 20-year old defender was sent off in England’s UEFA Nations League game against Denmark which left him suspended for games against Belgium and Iceland.

England manager Gareth Southgate explains his decision on involving James in the squad despite being suspended for the next two games.

Meanwhile, Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey was left without his maiden call-up and will instead head away to the U-21s.

“I think Tariq is progressing very well and will certainly be with the Under-21s this time but Reece is playing at a very high level,” Southgate explained.

“We were very, very impressed with the way he trained every day and how he took his opportunity as a sub – and then with his performance against Denmark where he was arguably our best player.

“We wanted to keep him with us. He needs to learn from what happened at the end of that Denmark game which is not acceptable and has cost him the opportunity to play in some of the qualifiers for us.

“But we were very, very impressed with his club form and to be able to involve him in the game against Ireland is something we wanted to do,” he added.


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