Injured Reece James confirms no World Cup for him. Due to a knee injury sustained during the Champions League, Reece James has been informed that he will not be representing England in the World Cup. Southgate is unwilling to take chances.‘ World Cup aspirations appear to be over as Gareth Southgate is reportedly planning to finalize his England squad without the right-back due to a knee injury he sustained in October. According to The Athletic, Southgate called the 22-year-old on Tuesday to let him know what he had decided.
James confirmed his exclusion from Southgate’s plans by posting an emotive statement with the words “devastated” on his official Twitter account. I knew it would be difficult to recover in time to play in the World Cup as soon as I hurt my knee, but I always believed it was doable. To give myself the best opportunity of going, I pushed harder than I ever thought I could, and I genuinely thought I could support the team. I am aware that there was a risk, but I was willing to accept it on both sides. I wish the boys luck. I’ll return shortly. Sending love and safety to you.
James suffered a knee injury during Chelsea’s Champions League victory at the San Siro and was forced to miss eight weeks of action. The incident involved Theo Hernandez. The full-back was back jogging with the team on Tuesday, according to Blues manager Graham Potter, but Southgate won’t risk him in Qatar. James must now concentrate on making the most of his time because his hopes of playing in the World Cup are now in ruins, and everyone will be looking forward to his Chelsea come December when the competition is over.
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