‘Starting over Trent!’ – Chelsea fans delighted with Gareth Southgate’s Reece James decision

Chelsea supporters are delighted after Reece James was confirmed in Gareth Southgate’s England 26-man squad for the upcoming European Championships.

Southgate had an embarrassment of riches to choose from in James’ position – with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier also selected, with a shock four right-backs included in the squad.

The Blues full-back enjoyed a terrific season on the right side of Chelsea’s exceptional defensive line, with his Champions League final performance on Saturday evening epitomising his campaign.

Now, his form has been rewarded with a call-up to the Euros, with the Three Lions heavily tipped to compete for the trophy.

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Fellow Blues stars Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount have also been called up to the squad, although their positions were never really in doubt given their form throughout the 2020/21 season.

Chelsea fans have been reacting to Southgate’s decision on Twitter and it is safe to say they agree with his call.

Here’s the England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Man City), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

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Midfielders: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)Back in 2020, James’ England team-mate Alexander-Arnold delivered a glowing verdict on the Blues star.

England’s first match of the tournament is against Croatia on Sunday, June 13.

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