England v Ukraine: Reece James pulls out of squad for ‘assessment of an ongoing issue’

James came on late against Italy
Place: Wembley Date: Sunday March 26 To start up: 5:00 p.m. BST
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Chelsea defender Reece James will miss England’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley on Sunday through injury.

The 23-year-old has returned to the Premier League club for what the Football Association say is an ‘assessment of an ongoing issue’.

James replaced Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after 85 minutes of Thursday’s 2-1 win against Italy in Napoli.

Manager Gareth Southgate has decided against calling up replacements.

James missed last year’s World Cup with a knee injury and picked up another knee problem in December which kept him out for another month.

The rest of the England squad, including the suspended Luke Shaw, will continue their preparation at the Tottenham Hotspur training ground on Saturday.

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