Reece James (footballer, born 1999)

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Reece James
Reece James.jpg
James playing for Chelsea in 2017
Personal information
Full name Reece James[1]
Date of birth (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Redbridge, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Full back
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 24
Youth career
2006–2018 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Chelsea 26 (1)
2018–2019Wigan Athletic (loan) 45 (3)
National team
2017 England U18 3 (0)
2017–2018 England U19 8 (0)
2017– England U20 12 (0)
2019– England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 20 September 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:20, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

Reece James (born 8 December 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a full back for Premier League club Chelsea.

Club career[edit]

Born in London, James joined Chelsea at the age of six and turned professional in March 2017.[4]

James in a July 2017 preseason match against Lewes F.C. with Chelsea's academy

During the 2017–18 season he captained the under-18s to win the FA Youth Cup and was named Academy Player of the Season.[4] He signed a new four-year contract with the club in June 2018.[4] Later that month he joined Wigan Athletic on loan for the 2018–19 season.[5][6]

In March 2019 he was selected to the 2018–19 Championship Team of the Season.[7] He won three awards at Wigan Athletic's end of season awards, including Player of the Year.[8]

On 25 September 2019, James made his first team debut for Chelsea after returning from injury. He scored one goal and assisted two in a 7–1 win over Grimsby Town in the third round of the EFL Cup.[9]

James became Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in the Champions League when he scored the fourth goal of their 4–4 comeback draw with Ajax on 5 November 2019.[10]

He signed a long-term contract extension with Chelsea on 16 January 2020.[11]

On 14 September 2020, James scored his first Premier League goal, in a 3–1 win for Chelsea against Brighton & Hove Albion.[12]

International career[edit]

He has represented England at youth level from under-17 up to under-21.[13][14][15] In May 2017, James was included in an under-20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament.[16] He started in the final as England defeated the Ivory Coast to retain their title.[17]

In July 2017, James was part of the under-19 squad that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[18] He started in the semi-final against the Czech Republic.[19]

James was a member of the under-20 squad that travelled to the 2019 Toulon Tournament and was carried off on a stretcher with ankle ligament damage during the first-half of the final group game defeat to Chile on 7 June 2019.[20]

On 4 October 2019, James was included in the under-21 squad for the first time.[21] He made his under-21 debut during the 3–0 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification victory away to Albania on 15 November 2019.[22]

Personal life[edit]

He belongs to a footballing family, where his sister, Lauren is also a professional footballer for Manchester United's Women's team.[23][24]

He attended Isleworth and Syon School.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 September 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea U23 2016–17[26] 1[a] 0 1 0
2017–18[27] 6[a] 1 6 1
Total 7 1 7 1
Chelsea 2018–19[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[29] Premier League 24 0 5 0 2 1 6[b] 1 37 2
2020–21[30] Premier League 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 26 1 5 0 2 1 6 1 0 0 39 3
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2018–19[28] Championship 45 3 1 0 0 0 46 3
Career total 71 4 6 0 2 1 6 1 7 1 92 7
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Chelsea Youth

Chelsea

England U19

England U20

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs publish retained lists". Premier League. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Profile". 11v11. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Reece James: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Profile". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Reece James: Wigan Athletic sign Chelsea full-back on season-long loan". BBC Sport. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  6. ^ Reece James at Soccerway. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  7. ^ "EFL awards: Che Adams, Teemu Pukki & Billy Sharp on Championship shortlist". BBC Sport. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d "REECE JAMES SCOOPS TRIO OF AWARDS AT WIGAN ATHLETIC END OF SEASON PARTY IN THE PARK". Wigan Athletic F.C. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Chelsea 7–1 Grimsby Town: Reece James impresses on debut". BBC Sport. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Chelsea 4–4 Ajax: Champions League thriller ends in stunning draw". BBC Sport. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  11. ^ "REECE JAMES AGREES NEW LONG-TERM CHELSEA DEAL". Chelsea FC. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Brighton 1–3 Chelsea: Frank Lampard impressed with Chelsea debutants". BBC Sport. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  13. ^ "England Football Online – under-19". England Football Online. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  14. ^ "England Football Online – under-20". England Football Online. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  15. ^ "England Football Online – under-21". England Football Online. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Toulon squad selected". The Football Association. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Spot on Young Lions hold their nerve to retain Toulon Tournament title". The Football Association. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  18. ^ a b "European Under-19 Championship: England beat Portugal in final". BBC Sport. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  19. ^ "England U19s 1–0 Czech Republic". The Football Association. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  20. ^ "YOUNG LIONS SUFFER A THIRD DEFEAT IN TOULON AFTER TWO LATE GOALS TURN GAME AROUND". The Football Association. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  21. ^ "AIDY BOOTHROYD PICKS HIS MU21S SQUAD TO PLAY SLOVENIA AND AUSTRIA THIS MONTH". The Football Association. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  22. ^ "GOALS FROM PHIL FODEN, CONOR GALLAGHER AND REISS NELSON SEE MU21S TO WIN IN ALBANIA". The Football Association. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  23. ^ Rudd, Alyson (3 November 2018). "Brother and sister who are giving dad a very difficult decision to make" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  24. ^ "Lauren and Reece James score goals in same week". 28 September 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  25. ^ "Alumni: Reece James Makes Chelsea Debut". Isleworth & Syon School. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Reece James in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Games played by Reece James in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  31. ^ McNulty, Phil (1 August 2020). "Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  32. ^ "Chelsea defender Reece James named in Toulon best XI after England victory". London Evening Standard. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Chelsea F.C. website