Reece James has revealed that he has weekly discussions with Chelsea and England legend Ashley Cole because the teenager prepares for his first main event together with his nation.
James was rewarded for his sensible membership kind with a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the upcoming European Championship.
The 21-year-old was considered one of 4 full-backs included in Southgate’s closing choice, so faces fierce competitors for a beginning berth in England’s opening match towards Croatia on Sunday.
And the boyhood Blues fan, who has risen by means of the ranks at Stamford Bridge, mentioned how Cole has had an enormous affect on him within the early phases of his blossoming profession.
“After I was younger I wasn’t at all times a proper again,” James mentioned at a media convention at St George’s Park.
“I used to be a striker. However I’ve at all times appeared as much as Frank Lampard as a result of he performed for the membership I supported, Ashley Cole comparable.
“So I’ve at all times supported the boys who performed for the crew I supported.
“[With Cole], we converse practically each week. He’s in all probability among the best left-backs to play the sport.
“Regardless that he was a left-back the place is mainly the identical, simply on the other aspect. He helps me lots progressing.”
James’ current appearances because the right-sided defender for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues has offered Southgate with another choice in that space, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker the favorite to occupy that place.
And James insists that enjoying in a again three doesn’t part him, however hinted he would fairly be utilising his attacking prowess by pushing additional ahead.
“I performed right-sided centre again many occasions coming by means of the academy, so the place wasn’t new to me,” the Champions League winner instructed talkSPORT.
“The place is way completely different to wing-back, you possibly can’t actually go ahead. At wing-back you have got the licence to push on and take part on the assaults.
“However the appropriate aspect of a 3 you’re form of restricted to the place you possibly can go and what you are able to do.”
Requested what number of completely different positions Southgate has performed him in coaching, James responded: “Most likely the positions you may guess: wing-back, centre-back and right-back.
“I’ve performed all three thus far. I don’t know what’s going to occur or what place I would function in.”
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