Reece James claims Sadio Mane and sends a message to Trent Alexander-Arnold
Sadio Mane of Liverpool has been praised by Reece James as one of the toughest players he has faced in his career.
The England international, who is a European champion at club level after helping Chelsea defeat Man City last month, drew attention in the Champions League final by keeping Raheem Sterling quiet.
And, when he reflected on his season with Thomas Tuchel’s side, he stated that the former Red and Mane are the two most difficult wing players he has faced.
He revealed to reporters, “Everyone knows how outstanding a player Raheem Sterling is.” “It’s difficult to play against him.
“Right now, he’s definitely one of the finest wingers in the world, and we’re going to need him for this tournament.”
“I’d say (Sadio) Mane and Raheem Sterling are up there (as the toughest).”
Following Trent Alexander-injury Arnold’s withdrawal from the squad, James will face less competition to make Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for Euro 2020.
Despite his prospects of beginning improving as a result of his Liverpool counterpart’s absence, the Chelsea right-back paid tribute to the 22-year-old while admitting he faces a long-term battle to start for England.
He stated, “There are a number of good right-backs at this position.”
“Obviously, Trent withdrew, and there are a slew of others who didn’t make the cut as well.
“I haven’t spoken to him since he was injured. It’s terrible that he isn’t here, but we all know how wonderful a player he is and how well he has performed for Liverpool and England.
“The situation has marginally shifted.
“You may have been more of a defender 15 or 20 years ago, but the position has evolved, and you now have the freedom to go forward as well.”
“It’s you. The summary comes to a close.