Reece James on what Chelsea fans can expect from sister Lauren

However, it is no surprise for Reece to see his sister enjoying success in the game, having been impressed by her ability as they grew up training and playing together, along with the oldest of the three James siblings, Josh.

‘I hadn’t seen many better players than her. Whenever we played together, I was always quite impressed. She played in the boys’ games all the time when I was younger – whenever I trained, she would train as well.’

He also believes that time spent playing together as youngsters helped them to develop their talents and set them on the path to professional football.

‘We grew up as a three. Obviously, my older brother Josh learned from my dad and then it just passed its way down. I started playing because my brother played, and my sister played because I played. We all used to play every day together at the park and over time we all gradually got better.

‘When we were young it was just a case of play with the ball, play as much as you can, and learn as much as you can without any help, get a love for the game. We moved to west London when I was about two and there was a field behind my house with two pitches. Every day we’d be playing football, either on the field or in the street.’

Having seen the rapid rise Reece has made at Stamford Bridge since scoring on his senior Chelsea debut in September 2019, if Lauren can continue following in his footsteps then there should be a member of the James family getting fans out of their seats at Kingsmeadow too this season.

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