Reece James admits he has taken up three completely different positions throughout England coaching because the Chelsea defender waits to be taught what position he might play below Gareth Southgate at Euro 2020.
James was one among 4 right-backs initially named in Southgate’s 26-man squad earlier than Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew by way of damage.
Ben White, predominantly a centre-back, got here in to interchange Alexander-Arnold, which means James’ primary competitors for right-sided defensive roles stays Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.
Amid experiences Southgate might swap to 3 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] most likely the positions you possibly can guess,” James stated. “Wing-back, centre-back, right-back. I’ve performed all three thus far, 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 instances coming all through the academy so the place wasn’t new to me.
“It is a lot completely different to wing-back, you possibly can’t actually go ahead. Wing-back you’ve gotten the license to push on and take part assaults, however proper facet of a 3 you are type of restricted to the place you possibly can 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 most likely probably the greatest left-backs to play the sport as effectively,” James stated. “Although he was a left-back the place is principally the identical. He helps me quite a bit.”
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.
“Firstly 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 fashion of play modified and formation modified as effectively,” James stated.
“The primary few video games I discovered myself out the staff and never taking part in in order that was fairly troublesome to take care of, however I needed to adapt and be taught. It is laborious 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 gained the Champions League ultimate 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 might simply performed in opposition to Metropolis, they usually’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 gained. Now we’re right here we’re collectively as a staff. We have to combat collectively.”
And when requested which non-English Chelsea team-mate he wish 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 laborious. He is such a key participant in our staff.”