Reece James responds to David Beckham comparisons

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Chelsea youngster Reece James has an awesome right foot that has been compared to that of England legend David Beckham.

The 20-year-old right-back consistently puts in a number of dangerous crosses into the box per game, and his crosses are usually inch perfect – inviting for strikers but deadly for defenders to deal with.

Reacting to his crossing ability and being likened to David Beckham, James told the official Chelsea website: “I have always been quite good at passing when I have been on the ball and crossing is not too different from passing, and if you are playing in a position where crossing is a main key area of the game it is important, and the more I do it, the better I am going to get. Growing up and being stronger helps with crossing well, and learning different things and when to play it.”

He went on: “David Beckham is a legend and probably one of the best crossers of the ball there has been in world football.

“To be mentioned in the same sentence as his crossing is very good for me but he did it for many years and I have to respect what he did. I have only done it for a few games. A lot of people have said about it but I need to maintain it and keep on improving.”

Reece James also revealed that he’s good at taking free-kicks. He said: “If there is a free-kick there and it is for me, I would not put it past me. It is similar skill, not too much difference.”

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