England defender Reece James will miss the Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine, it was announced Saturday.
The 23-year-old Chelsea right-back’s season has been blighted by injury, with James missing the World Cup in Qatar due to a knee problem.
He came off the bench as 10-man England completed a 2-1 victory against reigning champions Italy in Thursday’s European qualification opener – his first cap since September.
But he has now been ruled out of today’s Group C match at home to Ukraine.
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“Reece James has withdrawn from the England squad and will not feature against Ukraine on Sunday,” a Football Association statement read.
“The full-back has returned to Chelsea for assessment on an ongoing issue.”
James follows Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount and Nick Pope in withdrawing from manager Gareth Southgate’s initial squad, with the FA adding that “no replacements are planned”.
“The full-back has returned to Chelsea for assessment on an ongoing issue,” England said.
“No replacements are planned as Gareth Southgate’s squad, including the suspended Luke Shaw, continue their preparations at Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground.”
Southgate had already seen Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount not report for international duty due to injuries. England play Ukraine at Wembley today.
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