“I learnt my lesson and I know that I can’t afford to do anything like that again” – Reece James admits

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Chelsea star Reece James has admitted he has learnt his lesson after he was sent off in his first international start for England last October.

“I was very upset at the time because it was my first start, then I got sent off,” said James, when asked if he feared for his place in Gareth Southgate’s plans.

“That’s not the best look but it was a mistake and, in life, mistakes happen. I had to learn from it.

“What did I learn? That European referees are a lot more strict. I thought it was very harsh to get sent off but I learnt my lesson and I know that I can’t afford to do anything like that again in this tournament because it will be very costly.

“In the Premier League, the rules and referees are a bit more lenient. But in international football the referees are a lot stricter. I didn’t really know that before I got sent off so it was a good lesson to learn. If I didn’t learn it then, it could have happened in a tournament like this.”

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