Rio Ferdinand picks Chelsea right-back Reece James over Trent Alexander-Arnold
The debate over who is the best right-back in the England squad has been going on for a very long time. Supporters were divided between Chelsea right-back Reece James and Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand appears to have settled for a side with centre-back choosing James over Trent. Speaking to FIVE (h/t football.london), the former United player revealed his preference.
“Reece James is ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold at the moment. When I’m a winger I look at who I don’t want to play against anymore of the two and it would be Reece James. I think physically Reece James can keep up with people defensively and going forward is ridiculous. I’d say Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass is arguably better over various distances, but I think Reece will score more goals. He’s so much in there.”
James started last night’s match against Italy ahead of Trent in the position of right-back. It was a very disappointing game as the Three Lions lost 1-0 to the Azzurri and were relegated to League B of the UEFA Nations League.
The 22-year-old, a Cobham graduate, worked his way up the west London club’s academy system to establish himself in the team. He has been a constant at the club at right-back since his promotion to the senior team in 2019.
Despite Chelsea’s poor start to the season, James has been one of the club’s best players. The 22-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal and assisting in the process.
The ability to play as a centre-back and right midfielder makes the England international a versatile player alongside his natural position. Surprisingly, James is compared to Trent when the Chelsea player is miles away from Liverpool.
Trent has often come under criticism for his defensive work, which was hardly the case for James. The 22-year-old is just as good on offense as he is on defence. James also recently signed a new six-year deal with the club, which will set his future up until 2028.
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With the World Cup in November, it’s very likely that both right-backs will travel with the team. It remains to be seen who will be preferred in the starting XI, but Blues fans will be hoping it’s their right-back.