The 22-year-old right-back did not make Chelsea’s squad when they defeated Middlesbrough to reach the FA Cup semi-finals, but Southgate has nonetheless summoned him up for international action.
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England manager Gareth Southgate has been put in a ‘nightmare’ position after Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel told talkSPORT Reece James shouldn’t feature in the upcoming international break.
An injury-hit campaign has meant that James has featured in 29 of a possible 49 matches for the Blues, recently returning from a long-term hamstring issue only to be struck down again.
England play home friendlies against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast at the end of March, and Southgate’s team selection has been complicated by the potential loss of two right-backs.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold had already been ruled out of action, and now James seems unlikely to appear.
Tuchel was asked about James’ fitness following the win over Boro and made it clear to talkSPORT he would prefer it if the defender remained with the club.
“For me not [ready for England],” Tuchel said. “I don’t think so because he was as you saw today not available.
“He’s still in individual training, I think he will stay but I cannot tell you.
“That’s a nightmare for Southgate,” Agbonlahor said. “Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James being chosen over Kyle Walker and now he’s going to depend on Kyle Walker to join up with the squad.”