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COUNTDOWN TO QATAR: Chelsea’s James won’t give up on World Cup

Chelsea defender Reece James still believes he can play in the World Cup in Qatar despite still recovering from a knee injury.

The World Cup is scheduled for November 20 to December 18 across five cities in Qatar.

The 22-year-old right-back sustained the injury while playing for Chelsea in their UEFA Champions League fixture against AC Milan on October 11 and the early prognosis was that he would miss the World Cup, after being ruled out for eight weeks.

James, who has 15 England caps, has however said he will do everything to be ready before Gareth Southgate names his squad for the tournament.

“I need to keep working hard over the next few weeks and see where I am on call-up day,” James told The Sun today.

“I will try and not rule myself out. It’s slow and in the early stages. I have been in rehab for two weeks so I’m still taking it day-by-day.

“The Chelsea medical staff have not given me a percentage of my chance of being back for the World Cup. It’s down to how I feel closer to the time and how stable it is.

“It’s going to be very tough. It’s an injury which could take a long time and it came at an awkward period but I’m trying my best and hopefully it is possible and if it is not, I know I tried everything.”

England are in Group B with Iran, United States of America and Wales.

The Three Lions begin their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21 in Al Rayyan.

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