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Reece James earns maiden senior England call-up

Reece James has been added to the previously named England squad.

The Chelsea right-back will join up with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions for October’s triple-header of internationals, which includes a friendly against Wales on Thursday, before two Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark. Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has been ruled out of all three fixtures through injury.

James was originally named in the England Under-21 squad for their forthcoming UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Turkey. Fellow Chelsea players Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marc Guehi, currently on loan at Swansea, were also named in the Young Lions squad.

The move up to the senior camp represents a fine start to the current campaign for James, who has been Frank Lampard’s first-choice right back for the majority of this season so far and saw him score a stunning goal against Brighton in our victory on opening day.

James will join up with the senior England squad, which already includes Chelsea trio Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham.

However, the FA have today announced that as a precaution to understand if there is any risk to the wider group, the arrival of Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho will be delayed. This is to allow time to gather further information of a social gathering that all three players reportedly attended over the weekend.

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