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Chelsea: Reece James says ‘it’s NOT easy’ to put club rivalries aside when joining England

Reece James admits it’s ‘NOT easy’ to put club rivalries aside when he joins his England teammates in the middle of the battle for the Premier League title, and the Chelsea right-back thinks he’s in the league. BEST form of his career.

  • Right-back Reece James has started the season in an excellent way for Chelsea
  • James has scored four Premier League goals, including a double against Newcastle
  • He was asked about his rivalry with Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
  • The 21-year-old also said he believed he was in the best shape of his career so far.


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England right-back Reece James admitted it was not easy to put the club rivalry aside when he joined the national team amid a disputed Premier League title run.

James has started the season amazingly for the top-of-the-table Chelsea, scoring four goals in eight Premier League games, including a brace two weeks ago against Newcastle.

However, on Gareth Southgate’s team, he faces Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker for a spot at right-back and the 21-year-old insisted everyone should simply focus on their tasks when playing. for your country.

England right-back Reece James admitted that it was not easy to let go of the club rivalry.

England right-back Reece James admitted that it was not easy to let go of the club rivalry.

James faces Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold for a right-back spot

James faces Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold for a right-back spot

Manchester City's Kyle Walker is also an ever-present right-back in England's squad

Manchester City's Kyle Walker is also an ever-present right-back in England's squad

James faces Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker (right) for a spot on the right side.

“When you go (with England) you have to put aside the rivalry between clubs,” he told a news conference on Tuesday.

“When we are here we are a team, our goal is to win no matter who we are against, so we have to put it aside and focus on our tasks.

‘Is not easy. We play most of our football for our clubs and we want to win wherever we are. “

James won the Champions League last season with the Blues and was part of the England squad that reached the final of Euro 2020.

But he is now a mainstay at Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and after his brilliant start to the 2021-22 campaign, he said his confidence and that of his teammates was high.

The 21-year-old started the season superbly and scored a double against Newcastle

The 21-year-old started the season superbly and scored a double against Newcastle

The 21-year-old started the season superbly and scored a double against Newcastle

When asked if he was in the best shape of his career, James said: ‘Yeah, I’d probably say right now it’s the best I’ve ever done. And like you said, recent results and performances have probably shown that too.

“Right now our team is performing well and creating a lot of opportunities, which is obviously helping, we have great players around us.

“When you play well week after week and the team is performing, keeping a clean sheet and winning games in style, it obviously helps build everyone’s confidence.”

The Three Lions know that victories against Albania at Wembley on Friday and at home in San Marino next Monday will guarantee them a place in Qatar next year, with Poland three points behind them in their qualifying group.

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