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Reece James: 'I look after Jude Bellingham'

Reece James: 'I look after Jude Bellingham'
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The Chelsea right-back has taken the 17-year-old under his wing in the Three Lions camp for Euro 2020 and the pair have hit it off.

England defender Reece James has revealed he has to stop himself from hitting the pestering Jude Bellingham.

The Chelsea right-back has taken the 17-year-old under his wing in the Three Lions camp for Euro 2020 and the pair have hit it off.

James is four years Bellingham's senior and has learned to keep his cool.

"He is very young but a very good footballer, I look after him," James said on the Lion's Den YouTube page.

"He is still so young but he has a lot to learn so I try and help him where I can.

"He is always poking me and hitting me, he's just so stupid and I will turn around and get so close to touching him but I never get around to it."

James played against Scotland on Friday, making a boyhood dream come true by representing his country at a major tournament.

He added: "It was obviously a moment I dreamed of as a kid growing up, watching England in tournaments growing up, then walking out at Wembley with fans there to play my first game at a major tournament.

"My first tournament, my first game. I was nervous before but once the game started, I was in the zone and raring to go."

England's average age is the third-lowest in the tournament at just under 25, but James does not believe that is an issue.

"Everyone says we are such a young team but everyone this season has played a solid amount of minutes, it's not like we are a young players that haven't played," James added.

"We have all played a lot, some have won trophies and some have done very well.

"The longer we are here in the competition, the stronger we are going to get as a team."

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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