Manchester United youngster Reece James in line for first international call-up with England

by Tracey Germaine

Following impressive performances on Manchester United’s first-team tour of the United States, Reece James is being considered for a call-up to the England Under-21 squad.

In his first United appearance, James scored twice against LA Galaxy and continued his strong performance with another really good outing against AS Roma.

James is currently being monitored by FA scouts as Gareth Southgate looks to select his squad for upcoming fixtures against Lithuania and Moldova. If selected, this would be James’ first involvement in youth international football.

A call-up would represent a huge turn around in James’ career as he was released from Preston North End when he was 18. From there he joined United where his brother Matty, who now plays for Leicester City, spent his youth career.

Reece spent some time in the Under-18s in his first season before being promoted to the Under-21s. Last season, he spent a period out on loan at Carlisle United and when he returned to United, he became a stalwart in the Under-21s side, featuring more regularly than his colleagues.

He wore the captain’s armband and led his team to the final of the league where they lost out to Chelsea. His consistent performances saw him nominated for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award.

The departures of Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner mean that the left-back spot is a little light in cover. Although rumours about interest in the Dutchman Daley Blind continue to grow, James’ performances have given Louis Van Gaal pause for thought and the decision may be taken that, between James and Young, Luke Shaw has sufficient competition and backup. 

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