Reece James handed two-game UEFA ban after "abusive language" in England match

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Chelsea ace Reece James will miss England’s next two matches having been handed a ban by UEFA.

The defender was sent off after the final whistle as the Three Lions were beaten by Denmark at Wembley last month.

UEFA chiefs ruled that James used “abusive language” at Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano and have handed out a two-game ban.

It means James is likely to miss out on Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Nations League clashes with Belgium and Iceland later this month.

England also face Republic of Ireland in a friendly before heading to Belgium for their ‘competitive’ clash.

James was determined to use his red card to help him improve, having also seen Harry Maguire be sent off against the Danes.

James had said: “Tonight’s game was full of emotion, desire and hunger. Proud to have made my full senior debut in such a testing game.

“I take full responsibility for the red card after the final whistle. Moments like this will make me stronger, I’ll continue to put in 100 per cent day in day out to keep improving!

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“Thank you for your continued support, I love you all!“

The Wembley meeting with Denmark was the first time James had started for England with Southgate pleased with his performance despite the red card.

England lost the match and sit two points behind group toppers Belgium, though have already beaten Roberto Martinez's side in the competition.

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"The sending off at the end I'm told was for dissent, so that's obviously something as a young player he has to recognise is not acceptable," Southgate said of the Chelsea youngster.

"I thought his individual performance was outstanding with and without the ball.

“The opening half an hour, him and his combinations with Mason (Mount), Kyle (Walker) and the midfield players really opened them up.”

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