Chelsea defender Reece James is devastated to not be included in England’s World Cup squad. The 22-year-old sustained the injury against AC Milan on 11 October but remained optimistic of recovering in time for the competition.
“The minute I injured my knee, I knew the turnaround to make the World Cup would be tight,” James said on Twitter.
“But I always felt it was possible.
“I’ve worked harder than I ever thought I could to give myself the best chance of going and truly believed I could help the team.”
It is understood that England manager Gareth Southgate deemed it too big a risk to take James.
But James said:
“I appreciate there was a risk on both sides, but it was one I was willing to take.
“Good luck to the boys. I’ll be back soon. Stay safe and sending love.”