Reece James (born 8 December 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.
James was born in Redbridge, Greater London, and attended Isleworth and Syon School. He belongs to a footballing family, where his sister, Lauren is also a professional footballer for Manchester United Women.
James joined Chelsea at the age of six and turned professional in March 2017. During the 2017–18 season he captained the under-18s to win the FA Youth Cup and was named Academy Player of the Season. He signed a new four-year contract with the club in June 2018. Later that month he joined Championship club Wigan Athletic on loan for the 2018–19 season. In March 2019, he was selected to the 2018–19 Championship Team of the Season. He won three awards at Wigan Athletic’s end of season awards, including Player of the Year.
On 25 September 2019, James made his debut for Chelsea after returning from injury. He scored one goal and assisted two in a 7–1 win over Grimsby Town in the third round of the 2019–20 EFL Cup. James became Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the fourth goal of their 4–4 comeback draw with Ajax on 5 November 2019. He signed a long-term contract extension with Chelsea on 16 January 2020.
On 14 September 2020, James scored his first Premier League goal, in a 3–1 win for Chelsea against Brighton & Hove Albion. On 5 December, James made his 50th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions in the club’s 3–1 league win over Leeds United.