Reece James withdraws from England squad with injury

Posted Sunday, March 26, 2023 by ESPN

Reece James withdraws from England squad with injury
Reece James missed the World Cup in Qatar due to injury. Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

England's Reece James has withdrawn from the squad ahead of their European Championship qualifier against Ukraine due to injury and will return to Chelsea, England confirmed on Saturday.

James, who missed the World Cup due to a knee injury, has also struggled with a hamstring injury. He played only five minutes of England's 2-1 win over Italy after coming on as a late substitute.

"The full-back has returned to Chelsea for assessment on an ongoing issue," England said in a statement.

"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.

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