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Why Reece James was sent off after final whistle as Denmark beat England

In this article, we explain why Reece James was sent off after the final whistle as Denmark beat England on Wednesday night, for those that missed it.

The Chelsea defender was handed a red card after the Three Lions’ disappointing Nations League defeat to the Danish, with Gareth Southgate’s side already down to 10-men following the sending off of Harry Maguire, who only lasted 32 minutes on the pitch.

The 27 year old was lucky to only receive a yellow card earlier on in the game, having took out Yussuf Poulsen in a reckless challenge before making a desperate lunge on Kasper Dolberg that not only injured the striker but sent Maguire down the tunnel.

Cristian Eriksen gave Denmark the lead from the spot after Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have fouled Thomas Delaney.

The incident following the game was over an altercation with the referee, James was seemingly angry at referee Jesus Gil Manzano, who had a mixed night of good and bad decisions.

The Blues star, making his full international debut, was one of England’s best players throughout the match but was shown a straight red card after the final whistle for dissent.

Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports: ‘I saw Reece James getting very emotional with the referee.

‘You could see Jordan Henderson trying to pull him away from the ref because you know in that moment when one of your teammate’s has lost his head a little bit.

‘It’s a massive shame because I thought he was sensational today. His emotions just got the better of him.

‘I’m not trying to make excuses but the referee was useless.’

Southgate’s side are now third in their Nations League group, with only the winners progressing to the finals in 2021.

On Chelsea defender James, West Ham and England star Declan Rice said: ‘Reece James looked like he’d been out here for 30-40 caps tonight.

‘I’ve been with him since under-8s and I know he’s capable of that. He’s a fantastic young player.

‘I don’t think that sending off should affect how positively we look at his performance.’

On England’s performance, Rice added: ‘Until the [Maguire] sending off happened I thought we were playing really well and using the ball really well.

‘Reece James and Mason Mount were creating some great chances for us but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.’

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