Reece James: ‘It isn’t easy putting aside Premier League title rivalries but England squad is united’

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Reece James: ‘It isn’t easy putting aside Premier League title rivalries but England squad is united’
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Reece James has admitted it is a challenge to put club rivalries aside when joining up with England, given Chelsea are back in the Premier League title race.

The right-back, who is in the form of his life for the Blues, comes into the camp with the West Londoners top of the domestic table.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has worked wonders in bringing England squads together as one group after years of former internationals complaining that club cliques held them back.

While great strides have been made, James says it is not easy to quickly drop rivalries with players from title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool when in the England camp - though the Chelsea man insisted they are united as a group.

"When you come away you have to put club rivalry aside," said James.

"When we're here we are one team and our aim is to win no matter who we're playing against. We have to put it aside and focus on our task here.

"It's not easy. We play most of our football for our clubs, we want to win wherever we are."

James has four goals and three assists in just eight Premier League appearances so far this season and says a push from Thomas Tuchel to be more attacking at Chelsea is behind his improved output.

"The style of play from last season to now, a lot has changed" said James.

"The formation has changed, what he demands from the players has changed. He wants everyone to be attacking. That's helped this season so far."

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