Watch: Henderson tries to get James away from referee before his red card

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Despite a promising international start, Reece James made unwanted history when he became the first England player to be sent off in his first start for the Three Lions as Gareth Southgate’s men were beaten 1-0 by Denmark at Wembley Wednesday night.

James was arguably England’s best player that night, offering plenty of threats down the right flank as one of the 5,000 or so right-backs used by Southgate in recent weeks.

But England have always been against them 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 there after Denmark were awarded a controversial penalty.

And James added to Southgate’s problems after the final whistle as the Chelsea youngster was given a red card for dissent.

Images later showed James approaching the full-time referee, but Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson tried to encourage the 20-year-old to step away from officials.

James refused to give in and quickly received his marching orders. Listen to the adults next time, Reece.


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