‘He once said no one wants to grow up to be a Gary Neville … there are many, it’s a phenomenon’: Manchester United legend praises young English right-back talent after Reece James and Tariq Lamptey star in Chelsea’s win over Brighton
- Gary Neville believes England are spoiled for choice in their right back position
- Reece James and Tariq Lamptey impressed in Chelsea’s win against Brighton
- James had made a great shot from distance to Chelsea at the back
- Brighton’s Lamptey, signed by Chelsea, threatened dangerous crosses
Gary Neville has highlighted England’s welcome conundrum at right back after both Reece James and Tariq Lamptey earned high praise Monday night.
A new Chelsea side were able to beat Brighton 3-1 in their first Premier League game of the new season, with James crashing down the south coast with an unstoppable attempt from distance.
Lamptey also impressed the flank for the hosts, leading Neville to jokingly insist that a jibe from fellow pundit Jamie Carragher has caused a ‘phenomenon’ in that position.
Gary Neville has praised England’s right-back dilemma after Reece James’ stunner in Brighton
Tariq Lamptey, another young English fullback, also made an impression for the hosts against Chelsea
“The performance levels and the demands placed on the modern full back are absolutely incredible,” said Neville. ‘Not just to defend, but also to deliver assists, deliver goals, match-winning moments.
‘You think of the options that England now have completely back. Reece James, Lamptey, you’ve got Kyle Walker, (Kieran) Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best players in the world.
“He (Carragher) once said no one wants to grow up to be Gary Neville! There are many, he has started a phenomenon! ‘
Neville joked a jibe from Jamie Carragher and caused a ‘phenomenon’ for England at right back
In addition to his thunderbolt, James also grabbed an assist for Kurt Zouma’s deviated attempt, proving a nuisance at both ends of the field.
He played 37 times in all competitions last season, underscoring his breakthrough under Frank Lampard and being preferred over captain Cesar Azpilicueta against Brighton.
Lampard admitted that James’ piledriver had taken him “off his seat.” He said, ‘We needed it, we weren’t at our best during that time. Reece has that in him, he’s a player of such quality. You try to get him into areas where he could be a threat. ‘
James had a great breakthrough last season and finished the start of the new one in style
James’ antipode, meanwhile, finished the final campaign in good shape and recently earned his first call up to England U21.
The 19-year-old has stood out in Brighton’s last eight games after coming over from Chelsea in January.
Lamptey previously represented his country from U18 to U20 level and, alongside James, will cherish the ambition to break into the senior squad in the future.