Reece James will miss the World Cup in Qatar through injury.
Following discussions with Gareth Southgate on Tuesday, it was decided that the Chelsea full-back has not recovered sufficiently from the knee injury he sustained against AC Milan last month.
James has flown to Dubai to undergo an active rehabilitation program in an attempt to get fit for Qatar, and has even been doing some scheduled activities at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground in recent days. .
However, with injury concerns to another key England right-back – Kyle Walker – and centre-back Kalvin Phillips, Southgate made the difficult decision to tell James he could not risk bringing a move. He joins the 26-man squad to be announced on Thursday.
People close to James said Sky Sports News The 22-year-old and his family are devastated that he will miss out, but they understand the England manager’s decision.
Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett analyzes the key decisions Southgate must make before naming his squad on Thursday:
“James Maddison, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire will make headlines when Gareth Southgate names his World Cup team of the year on Thursday – whether they’re on the list or not.
“While I would expect the Manchester United duo to be on the plane to Qatar, Maddison’s choice is still 50-50.
“Southgate is still sweating for some key players, who are racing to get fit enough to choose from. Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker is in the midst of intensive rehabilitation programs, and also at the center of an anxious wait.
“This will be the first World Cup where countries are allowed to select 26 players for the tournament, after FIFA introduced new rules, and that gives the British boss a little more wiggle room. .
“That means Southgate can look at players who may not be a full fit as well as those who could be used as impact substitutes, overcoming some of the limitations of traditional 23-man teams. Southgate is not a fan of the bigger teams, although he did work with a strong 26-man team for last summer’s Euros.
“Countries are allowed to change squads at any stage within 24 hours of their first match – in the case of England, that means the deadline is November 20.”
England’s World Cup squad will be announced at 2pm on Thursday; Follow all the news and reaction live on Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Digital with Rob Dorsett answering your questions about the confirmed England squad on Thursday afternoon