Reece James to represent Wigan Athletic on Euro stage

Reece James
Reece James

Reece James' fairytale season has been extended with the Wigan Athletic loan star being named in the England squad for next month's Under-20s Toulon Tournament.

The 19-year-old Chelsea defender and his team-mates will face Japan, Portugal and Chile in their group stage, as England aim to retain a title which they’ve held for the last three years.

“I’m really pleased with the squad we’ve got for the tournament," said head coach Paul Simpson.

"It’s a new group, a real mix of ages and an opportunity for some of those who haven’t been as involved this season to play international football.

“It’s also a great chance for players to experience high-level tournament football, going through the processes of preparation, playing, recovering and then getting ready for the next game.

“This tournament is very prestigious and one that England have done very well in in the past and our group will be looking to emulate what’s gone before us.

"We’re expecting every game to be tough and we know a number of the teams are coming with their Olympic preparation squads but these are the sorts of challenging opposition that we want our players to be facing for their development.

“In our group we’re playing very different types of opposition. Japan’s energy and technical ability will be a real test, Portugal are always a strong nation throughout the age groups and play very similarly tactically, while Chile will give us a chance to play a South American team which we don’t get to do often.

“It’s a challenge that we’re really looking forward to and we’ll be confident going into the games and looking to get through to the semi-finals."

Squad:-

Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Brentford), Nathan Trott (West Ham United)

Defenders: Jayden Bogle (Derby County), Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), Reece James (Chelsea), Max Lowe (Derby County), Tom Pearce (Leeds United), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Easah Suliman (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Josh Sims (Southampton), Joe Willock (Arsenal)

Forwards: Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion), Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers), George Hirst (OH Leuven), Danny Loader (Reading), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)