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Reece James Biography

English Footballer

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Reece Lewis James is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Chelsea, which he captains, and the England national team. He joined Chelsea’s academy as a youth and turned professional in 2017. James has represented England at various youth levels and made his senior debut in October 2020.

Reece James
Full Name Reece Lewis James
Born December 8, 1999 (age 23)
Nationality English
Occupation Footballer
Relationship Status Single
Education Isleworth and Syon School
Awards PFA Community Champion Award (2020–21)
Organization Chelsea

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Early Life

  • Reece James was born in Redbridge, Greater London.
  • He attended Isleworth and Syon School.
  • James comes from a football-involved family; his sister Lauren is a professional footballer, and their father Nigel is a football coach.
  • He has Grenadian and Dominica descent through his father and English descent through his mother.


  • James attended Isleworth and Syon School.


Early Career

  • James began his grassroots playing career at Kew Park Rangers and Epsom Eagles.
  • He joined Chelsea at the age of six and had a brief stint at Fulham when he was seven.
  • Initially playing as a striker, he later transitioned to midfield and eventually to a right-back position.
  • He turned professional with Chelsea in March 2017 and captained the under-18s to win the FA Youth Cup in the 2017-18 season.

Club Career

  • In June 2018, James was loaned to Championship club Wigan Athletic for the 2018-19 season.
  • He made significant contributions at Wigan, winning several awards including Player of the Year.
  • James made his Chelsea debut in September 2019 and quickly established himself as a key player.
  • He became Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League in November 2019.
  • James faced injury issues between 2021 and 2023 but signed a new six-year contract with Chelsea in September 2022.
  • In August 2023, following the departure of César Azpilicueta, James was named club captain of Chelsea.

International Career

  • James represented England at youth levels from under-18 to under-21.
  • He was part of the under-19 squad that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
  • James made his senior debut for England in October 2020 and was later named in the England squad for Euro 2020.

Awards and Nominations

  • James has won several awards including the FA Youth Cup, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
  • Individually, he has been recognized with awards such as the Toulon Tournament Best XI and Chelsea Academy Player of the Year.
  • He was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Personal Life

  • James made a personal donation in August 2020 to support Wigan Athletic, his former loan club.
  • He has been involved in charitable work, volunteering with The Felix Project for over 18 months.
  • James credits his father, Nigel James, and several Chelsea youth team coaches as major influences on his career.
  • Reece and his sister Lauren are the first brother and sister to represent England at senior level in the modern era.




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