Gareth Southgate gives Chelsea star condition to make Euro 2024

Chelsea and England's Reece James and Cole Palmer || Image credit: Imago

Gareth Southgate gives Chelsea star condition to make Euro 2024

Faruq Ibrahim 17:07 - 17.03.2024

Gareth Southgate remains hopeful about Reece James' participation in Euro 2024, despite his recent injury setback.

In a recent statement, England gaffer Gareth Southgate discussed the possibility of Reece James making a comeback to the national squad for Euro 2024.

The young Chelsea defender, who has been sidelined due to injury, is working towards regaining full fitness to secure his place in the tournament set to take place in Germany this summer.

Southgate's Encouraging Words for Reece James

Despite Reece James' absence from the field since sustaining a hamstring injury against Everton last December, Gareth Southgate has not written off the possibility of the talented defender returning to the England setup.

Southgate expressed optimism regarding James' recovery, stating that the Chelsea captain has the potential to make a significant contribution to the team.

Addressing the media, Southgate emphasised the importance of James focusing on rebuilding his physical strength swiftly in preparation for the upcoming challenges.

Reece James  || Getty
Reece James || Getty

"Could he play seven games in the Euros? His record over the last few years would suggest no. But is he a top-level player who could provide something important? No question," Southgate said, per Goal.

"So yeah again he is another one who the first step is get back into training, get back into the team and build that physical resistance as quickly as you can."

Reassurance from Medical Expert Dr. Lasse Lempainen

Dr. Lasse Lempainen, the acclaimed surgeon who performed the operation on Reece James, had previously assured that the player would be fit in time for Euro 2024.

The footballing world eagerly awaits James' return to training under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, as the 24-year-old works diligently towards his comeback and strives to showcase his capabilities before the conclusion of the current season.