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Reece James discusses the battle to be England right back
Reece James claims he feels in the best shape of his life since he returned to England for World Cup qualifiers against Albanian and San Marino.
The Chelsea defender who was only one of the players to play at Euro 2020 when England reached the final, retired from the Three Lions squad due to injury.
James, 21 years old, has scored three goals and created another in four league games after October's international break.
James stated, "This is probably my best performance,"
"At the moment our team is performing well, creating lots of opportunities, so it's clearly helping.
"When you play well, the team performs, wins games with style and keeps clean sheets, it builds confidence in everyone."
Only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Michail Anthony of West Ham and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy were directly involved in Premier League goals this season.
Right-back James is keen to increase his eight caps in England's bid to qualify for next year's World Cup in Qatar. Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea boss, has said that he has helped him grow as a player.
James stated that "the style of play since the beginning of last year has changed" and added, "Our formation has changed, and what he requires of the players has also changed."
"He wants everyone attacking non-stop, continuously attacking the box. I believe that this has helped this season."
James said that it was hard to accept being restricted to one appearance in the European Championship this summer after Chelsea won the Champions League.
In the current squad, he faces competition from Liverpool's Trent Alexander -Arnold and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker at full-back. Atletico Madrid's Kieran Tripier is also rested.
Gareth Southgate, England's boss, says he has faith that his team will qualify for Qatar 2022. He qualifies against Albania at Wembley (12 November) and San Marino (15 November).
To book a World Cup spot, they will need to collect four points in those games.
James stated, "If I wasn’t trusted, then I wouldn’t be here."
It is difficult to not play when you want and feel like playing.
This is due to the number of good players in the team. There are at least two to three players who should be playing in every position. That is how high the standard.
"Competition can be very difficult. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Trent have been at the top of their game for a while. Each one of us has a different style.