Former Chelsea full-back Frank Sinclair has urged Reece James to consider playing at centre-back for England should he wish to become a regular starter under Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
The 20-year-old is yet to get a call-up to the full international team, but has made two appearances for the U21s and is a regular starter in the U20 team.
James has impressed in his debut season in the first-team at Stamford Bridge so far this season, leading to calls that he could be considered by Southgate for the European Championships in the summer.
However, Sinclair said that due to the form of Liverpool man Trent Alexander-Arnold, a change in position may help James in holding down a regular spot in the national team.
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“If I was Reece James, I might be clever and try and to start playing centre half or something because Trent Alexander is going to be a hard man to lodge out of that position the way that he’s playing at the moment,” Sinclair told GentingBet.
“But, it’s internationals and you need world class players in every position if you want to really seriously challenge at that level. So, to have someone like Reece James, who will fight for that second slot as the natural right back, that’s a good thing. You’ve obviously also got Wan Bissaka at Man United, but I don’t think he’s particularly been in great form this season.
“The one thing about Reece James that will get him into England squads regularly is his adaptability, he can play centre half, he can play right back, he can play central midfield. He came back off a great loan period at Wigan, where for the second half of that loan spell, he played centre mid and was unbelievable in there as well.”
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