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 Lewis James
||December 8, 1999 (age 23)
||Isleworth and Syon School
||PFA Community Champion Award (2020–21)
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.