Chelsea right-back Reece James has asked Southgate to include him in England’s final 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite the risk of missing the World Cup opener.
Reece James was diagnosed with knee ligament damage after suffering an injury in the Champions League group stage against AC Milan three weeks ago. The player should have undergone surgery to cure the injury, but according to The Athletic chief reporter David Ornstein recently confirmed that James chose conservative treatment in order to play in this World Cup, and his injury recovery progress was also higher than the initial estimated 8 weeks.
James flew to Dubai this week to continue his recovery with the help of Chelsea medical staff. Chelsea team reporter Nizaar Kinsella learned that the players are currently undergoing recovery training in the gym and swimming pool, and the club and the FA have frequently exchanged information about their injuries in recent days.
Not ruling out the possibility of Reece James being selected
Southgate will officially announce the 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar next Thursday. Much British media said that they did not rule out the possibility of Reece James being selected, and their concept was based on Southgate’s position: Unlike French coach Deschamps and Argentina coach Scaloni, Southgate is not. Reluctant to take the injured to participate in major events, Phil Jones, Stones, Maguire and Henderson have all been called up when their injuries have not healed.
England’s future fixtures
This World Cup, England and Iran, the United States, Wales are in Group B. According to the schedule, they will have their first battle with Iran on November 21, the United States on the 26th, and finally Wales on November 30th.