England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a warning to Chelsea star Reece James after he was shown a red card during one of England’s game.

He now risks not getting the chance again in the national team if that bad act continues as his first impression is not all good.

The 20-year-old has been in great form for the past months to have earned a call to the senior national team from the England U-21 team and gave an impressive performance on his debut.

It is believed that the defender only got the chance after Raheem Sterling’s withdrawal from the squad due to an injury before the game against Denmark.

The Three Lions lost the game and after the final whistle, Reece James was given the marching order for discipline issues.

Southgate told the reporters (via England’s official Twitter account): “We thought he did so well, not only in the matches last month but in every training session as well.

“He was a brilliant example to any player coming in that if you get the opportunity to train with the team, train well.

“If you get the opportunity to be on the field for 10 or 15 minutes, do that well, and then you gain trust and you get more opportunities to show what you can do.”

The England boss, therefore, hinted that the young defender will be given another opportunity after serving his red card ban but there must not be a repeat of it.

“He knows that wasn’t acceptable [the sending off] and he misses the chance to play in the qualifying matches this time,” the manager added.

“But we want him with us for the Ireland game in particular just so that he can build on what he has done with us so far.”

Howbeit, Reece James will be away for about two games from the England national team to serve his ban.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.