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Devastated James confirms he will not be on the plane to Qatar
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Reece James will miss England's 2022 World Cup campaign
Reece James will miss England's 2022 World Cup campaign

England right-back Reece James admits he is "devastated" after confirming he will miss the World Cup through injury.

The Chelsea defender, 22, hurt his knee against AC Milan last month and was in a race against time to be fit for the Qatar showpiece.

Unfortunately for the Three Lions, he has now confirmed he will have to watch the side's efforts in the Middle East from afar.

But James also appeared to suggest that boss Gareth Southgate should have taken a risk by including him in his final 26-man squad, which is due to be announced tomorrow afternoon. 

The Blues ace tweeted: "Devastated. The minute I injured my knee, I knew the turnaround to make the World Cup would be tight, 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.

"I appreciate there was 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."

James joins Chelsea team-mate Ben Chilwell in missing out on a first appearance at a World Cup tournament, with the left-back suffering a hamstring injury against Dinamo Zagreb last week.

England kick off their Group B campaign against Iran on Monday before tackling the USA and Wales. 

Southgate is also sweating over the fitness of Manchester City pair Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips.


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