Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham sent a three-word message on social media to a Chelsea player last night after a World Cup qualifier.
Chelsea star Reece James, 21, was brilliant during England’s 5-0 home win against Albania on Friday night at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions all-but secured qualification for next year’s World Cup yesterday. They just need to avoid defeat away to minnows San Marino on Monday night to make qualification official.
Harry Kane’s hat-trick, along with goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson, lead England to a comprehensive victory.
James, who assisted the opening goal from Maguire with a stunning free-kick, was superb for his country. The right wing-back was able to replicate the same kind of form on the international stage as to what he’s been showing for his club.
England teammate Bellingham sent a message on Instagram to Chelsea’s ace saying “what a player” after his performance.
In addition, the likes of West Ham’s Declan Rice and Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah also messaged.
Chelsea have a special talent in Reece James
In fairness, everyone at Cobham was fully aware of how good James was during his development in the academy.
His introduction to the Chelsea first team a couple of years ago was a masterstroke from ex-boss Frank Lampard, who deserves a lot of credit for helping academy graduates.
It does feel like James is now taking his game to another level, though.
Current Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is getting the very best out of him right now at Chelsea as a wing-back, so it’s no surprise England boss Gareth Southgate replicated that last night.
His game is going to keep improving as he matures with age, and it’s easy to forget he’s only 21.
James now has four goals and four assists in 12 Chelsea appearances this season, plus he set up another goal in an England shirt against Albania.
How high is his ceiling?
For James, he can be as good as he wants to be.
He’s got every attribute needed to be an attacking full-back with his pace, positioning and crossing ability. Also, the Chelsea powerhouse is a serious physical presence that defends with aggression and heart.
Chelsea icon John Terry has already suggested James could go down as one of the greatest ever right-backs.
Meanwhile, Alan Shearer was raving about him earlier this month.