Reece James has boldly claimed that his sister, Lauren, is ‘technically better’ than some Premier League players.
Reece named Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane as the toughest opponents he has played against in his career.
He was asked about his sister Lauren, too, who also plays for Chelsea. She moved to the Stamford Bridge club from Manchester United last year.
And the England right-back is ‘super proud’ of his younger sibling, claiming she’s ‘technically better’ than some Premier League players.
Asked how proud he’s to see her play for the Blues, the 22-year-old replied: “Super proud of @laurenjamess22!! She inspires me everyday and will continue to.
“I believe she is the best women footballer in the world, and will be for the next 10-15 years, without doubt. She’s technically better than some Prem players,” he added.
The 21-year-old forward is one of the country’s most exciting young talents and enjoyed a close relationship with her older brother Reece growing up.
“We were always there for each other [growing up] and had a close relationship off the pitch. It helps we are close in age,” she revealed.
“We’re on the same paths and understand each other. We understand what it takes, what each other has gone, and is, going through. It’s nice to not talk about football with him as well,” she continued.
“It was really helpful. Having a great player around me has helped my understanding, and has been a big part of my journey so far.”
Chelsea currently sit at the top of the Women’s Super League, with Lauren scoring one goal in six league games this season.
As for Reece, he’s sidelined with a knee injury that saw miss out on the World Cup.
He could return to action when his side resume their Premier League campaign on December 27 against Aston Villa.