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Reece James thrilled with first Chelsea appearance

Chelsea fullback Reece James was delighted to see action in their friendly win over New England Revolution.

His appearance at the Gillette Stadium was just reward for a superb season on-loan at Wigan Athletic.

"I've always had that dream of coming on and playing for my boyhood club, and I am thankful I got to fulfil it," James told the official Chelsea website. "It's a dream come true.

"It is great involvement for me, getting to play with players I have watched as I have been coming through at Chelsea, players who have won Champions Leagues, World Cups.

"I found out a few days before I would be coming out on the trip and I was really excited. I just take in my stride really. I remain focused and now I will try and help the squad build up to the Europa League final.

"It was a very good season at Wigan,' added James, who regularly featured in midfield for the Latics.

"Playing week in week out at a decent level was a good achievement. This is the icing on the cake and hopefully it's just the start."

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