Reece James WITHDRAWS from England squad for Sunday’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine – with the right back returning to Chelsea for ‘assessment on an ongoing issue’ in a concern for Blues boss Graham Potter
- Reece James has withdrawn from the England squad to face Ukraine
- The Chelsea defender entered the fray late on in the Three Lions 2-1 win in Italy
- Gareth Southgate will also be without the suspended Luke Shaw on Sunday
James, who has 16 England caps, came on in the closing stages of the 2-1 victory over Italy on Thursday.
England do not have any plans to call up a replacement for James.
An FA statement read: ‘Reece James has withdrawn from the England squad and will not feature against Ukraine on Sunday.
Chelsea defender Reece James has withdrawn from the England squad because of injury
The news regarding James’ withdrawal will be of concern to Chelsea manager Graham Potter
‘The full-back has returned to Chelsea for assessment on an ongoing issue.
‘No replacements are planned as Gareth Southgate’s squad, including the suspended Luke Shaw, continue their preparations at Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground.’
So far this season James has been restricted to just 12 Premier League appearances, with a knee injury causing him issues, while he was also absent due to a hamstring problem.
The aforementioned knee injury meant that James missed the World Cup in Qatar, and he has already been ruled out of 18 games for the Blues in 2022-23.
The news regarding James will be a concern to Chelsea boss Graham Potter, whose team are next in action at home to Aston Villa on April 1.
James’ absence means that England boss Gareth Southgate will be without another player for the game against Ukraine.
England manager Gareth Southgate will also be without the suspended Luke Shaw on Sunday
The Manchester left-back was sent off late in the game after picking up two yellows in quick succession
Luke Shaw is suspended following his red card against Italy, while Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount and Nick Pope withdrew from the initial squad due to injuries.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was the only addition to the squad, which means that Southgate’s current group consists of just 21 players.
He does, however, have two experienced options to choose from at right-back in Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier.
Striker Ivan Toney will be looking to make his international debut at some stage after he was an unused substitute on Thursday.