Chelsea legend Frank Sinclair believes Reece James’ best shot of becoming an England regular is to switch position to centre-back.
The Blues youngster has made a great introduction to senior football, excelling on loan at Wigan Athletic and now becoming a firm fixture in Chelsea’s first team.
The 20-year-old has already earned rave reviews this season after returning from a serious ankle injury, and is pushing hard for a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad.
However, there is a massive amount of competition in the position, with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Atletico’s Kieran Trippier already regulars for Gareth Southgate.
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And while Sinclair is a massive fan of James and the player he can become, he thinks that the Blues academy product might need to show his flexibility to become a regular for his nation.
“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.
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