Watch: Henderson tries to pull James away from ref before his red card
Despite a promising full international debut, Reece James made unwanted history by becoming the first England player to be sent off on his first start for the Three Lions as Gareth Southgate’s men were beaten 1-0 by Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.
James was arguably England’s best player on the night, offering plenty of threat down the right flank as one of approximately 5,000 right-backs used by Southgate in recent weeks.
But England were always up against it after Harry Maguire was sent off in the first half for a second yellow card, moments before Christian Eriksen scored the game’s only goal from the spot after Denmark were awarded a controversial penalty.
And James added to Southgate’s problems after the final whistle as the Chelsea youngster was shown a red card for dissent.
Footage later showed James approaching the referee at full-time, only for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to try to encourage the 20-year-old away from the officials.
James refused to relent and was promptly given his marching orders. Just listen to the grown-ups next time, Reece.
The moment Reece James was sent off after full-time for England! pic.twitter.com/41nXGnfjLG
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 14, 2020