James: How I switched from being a striker to right-back

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Chelsea right-back Reece James is currently one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but he was not always a right-back.

According to James, he was a striker while growing up before he made the switch to midfield and then right-back.

“My hero was Didier Drogba,” James told The Athletic.

“I played up front and he was the man at Chelsea, so I wanted to be like him and completely idolised him.

“Then I went into central midfield, until I was around 14 or 15. I had a good spell there and got used to it.

“But it then got to a stage I wasn’t really playing and there were loads of midfielders in the team and the right-back position was free at the time. That’s how I found myself there.”

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