Reece James returns to Chelsea ahead of England’s upcoming Nations League ties

England down Ireland

England began their latest international break with a friendly against close rivals, the Republic of Ireland.

The Three Lions, usurpingly, headed into the tie as heavy favourites, with Ireland’s recent form particularly concerning.

And when all was said and done at Wembley, the tie would play out true to form.

The visitors started the tie fairly brightly, but a Harry Maguire header 18 minutes in soon put a damper on Ireland’s hopes of securing an upset.

Jadon Sancho then made it two 31 minutes in, with a 56th-minute Calvert-Lewin penalty ensuring Gareth Southgate and co. were walking away with all three points.

Reece James returns to Chelsea

England most now turn their attentions to some rather more intense tests, with a Nations League clash with Belgium just over 24 hours away. You can check out 101’s betting tips for the Belgium vs England game here.

Ahead of that tie, though, England have seen yet another star leave their camp.

Reece James played the full 90 minutes on Thursday, but England have since confirmed that the full-back is returning to Chelsea ahead of the Belgium game.

Blues fans, though, probably shouldn’t be too concerned about James’ withdrawal as England didn’t mention an injury in their update. And with James now suspended for the clashes with Belgium and Iceland after being sent off vs Denmark in the last break, it makes sense for him to return home now.

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England down Ireland England began their latest international break with a friendly against close rivals, the Republic of Ireland. The Three Lions, usurpingly, headed into the tie as heavy favourites, with Ireland’s recent form particularly concerning. And when all was said and done at Wembley, the tie would play out true to form. The visitorsFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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