When it comes to young, English talent, these are exciting times – and in no position is that more apparent than at right-back. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Justin, Matty Cash, Tariq Lamptey, Max Aarons and Chelsea’s Reece James promise a bright future for the national team.
James, who impressed on loan at Wigan in 2018/19 while gaining a full season’s experience in the Championship, showed upon his return to Chelsea that he was ready to play in the Premier League – and at the top end of the table. Under Thomas Tuchel in 2020/21, James is continuing to improve and has worked his way into Gareth Southgate’s England plans. “The style of play that he’s brought in was evident and clear for us to understand,” says James of Tuchel. “The more we play together, the stronger we will be. Game by game, we will get better and build together.”