Chelsea and England defender Reece James has revealed that his medal, which he obtained when his team won the Champions League last season, and the runner-up medal at the European Championship 2020, was stolen during a burglary at his home.
The robbery took place at the 21-year-old’s home, while he was playing with his team against Russia’s Zenit in the Champions League, a match that ended with Chelsea winning 1-0.
James played a major role in Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last season, while he was a key player in one match with the England national team on its way to the European Nations final, where it lost to Italy.
James turned to social media and asked for help in finding the culprits, who also stole a locker containing the Super Cup medal he recently crowned with his team.
James wrote with the publication of four videos of the incident: “These medals I got when I was playing with Chelsea and the England national team, titles that cannot disappear from my history even if I do not have medals to prove it.”
“However, I am asking Chelsea and England fans to help identify these perpetrators, who will never be at ease with the mounting evidence against them.”
James said: “The police, advisors, Chelsea Football Club and others are standing behind me because I have strong evidence about the identity of the perpetrators and we are close to them.
“Fortunately no one was present during the robbery, but I would like to assure you that I am fine,” the England defender added.
James, who grew up in Chelsea’s academy, has become a fixture in the team in the last two seasons, and has made four appearances this season under German coach Thomas Tuchel.