Reece James admits he has taken up three completely different positions throughout England coaching because the Chelsea defender waits to study what position he may play below Gareth Southgate at Euro 2020.
James was one in all 4 right-backs initially named in Southgate’s 26-man squad earlier than Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew by way of harm.
Ben White, predominantly a centre-back, got here in to replace Alexander-Arnold, that means James’ essential competitors for right-sided defensive roles stays Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.
Amid studies Southgate may switch to three on the again for his or her Group D opener in opposition to Croatia on Sunday, James stated he has performed at centre-back, right-back and wing-back throughout coaching.
“[I’ve trained in] in all probability the positions you’ll be able to guess,” James stated. “Wing-back, centre-back, right-back. I’ve performed all three to date, so I do not actually know what is going on to occur or what place I would characteristic in.”
He added: “I performed right-side centre-back many occasions coming all through the academy so the place wasn’t new to me.
“It is a lot completely different to wing-back, you’ll be able to’t actually go ahead. Wing-back you will have the license to push on and take part assaults, however proper facet of a 3 you are sort of restricted to the place you’ll be able to go and what you are able to do.”
James additionally revealed he speaks to former England left-back Ashley Cole virtually each week, with the ex-Chelsea defender a part of the youth set-up on the membership.
“He is in all probability top-of-the-line left-backs to play the sport as effectively,” James stated. “Regardless that he was a left-back the place is principally the identical. He helps me so much.”
James additionally addressed the difficultly of forcing his method into Thomas Tuchel’s plans having been an everyday starter below former Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard.
“In the beginning of the season we had Frank Lampard. I used to be very fortunate to play nearly all of the video games below him, however when our new supervisor got here in, our model of play modified and formation modified as effectively,” James stated.
“The primary few video games I discovered myself out the workforce and never taking part in in order that was fairly tough to cope with, however I needed to adapt and study. It is onerous when a brand new supervisor is available in. I’ve by no means had it earlier than so it was a studying curve for me as effectively.”
James is joined by Chelsea team-mates Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount in Southgate’s squad, however he says they’ve remained “humble” having won the Champions League final in opposition to a Manchester Metropolis facet that featured Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, John Stones and Walker.
James added: “Not many individuals win the Champions League. I knew coming right here we would simply performed in opposition to Metropolis, and so they’re not going to be pleased with the end result, so we needed to be humble with it. We could not boast and rub it in. We simply needed to settle for it, we all know we received. Now we’re right here we’re collectively as a workforce. We have to battle collectively.”
And when requested which non-English Chelsea team-mate he want to line-up alongside at worldwide degree, James merely replied “N’Golo Kante” whereas smiling.
When pressed on why, James added: “He is one participant however he covers three gamers. He runs a lot and works so onerous. He is such a key participant in our workforce.”