Reece James

Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel wants defender Reece James to be absent in England next friendlies.

James has been missing action in recent weeks and was absent when his team beat Middlesbrough to qualify to the semi-finals of the Cup.

Speaking on Friday, Tuchel said: “Petr [Cech] will have this chat because of course the recommendation is that he does not go. He’s still in individual training otherwise we would have brought him to Lille and we would have brought him here.

“He needs one more week of individual rehabilitation and I think we can provide this much better. It’s not the job of the national team to do this.”

While James has been struggling with injuries at the club level, he has been called by Southgate in their next friendlies and there is hope that he would play an important role in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup.

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