England boss Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to hand Chelsea defender Reece James another call-up to the national side, despite being suspended for the Three Lions’ two Nations League fixtures.
The 20-year-old was sent off in the final moments against Denmark, leaving him suspended for games against Belgium and Iceland.
But Southgate is keen to deploy the Chelsea man against Ireland, a friendly clash that James is allowed to play in.
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His involvement in the latest England camp has left Brighton youngster Tariq Lamptey without his maiden call-up who will instead head away with to the Under-21s.
“I think Tariq is progressing very well and will certainly be with the Under-21s this time but Reece is playing at a very high level,” Southgate explained.
“We were very, very impressed with the way he trained every day and how he took his opportunity as a sub – and then with his performance against Denmark where he was arguably our best player.
“We wanted to keep him with us. He needs to learn from what happened at the end of that Denmark game which is not acceptable and has cost him the opportunity to play in some of the qualifiers for us.
“But we were very, very impressed with his club form and to be able to involve him in the game against Ireland is something we wanted to do,” he added.