Daniel James.

James clocks second-fastest speed at Euro 2020

Thursday 17 June 2021 08:47

Only one player has been faster at Euro 2020, so far, than Manchester United and Wales speedster Daniel James.

The 23-year-old was an exciting outlet for Rob Page's side during the outstanding 2-0 win over Turkey, which leaves the Dragons firmly in second spot in Group A behind leaders Italy, with the two nations meeting in the final game on Sunday.

Some of his bursts down the left wing were exhilarating to watch as goals from Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts secured a famous victory in Baku.

The official Euro 2020 Twitter account published an update on their speed stats which revealed Jamo managed to accelerate to 33.5 km/h. Only Italy's raiding full-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who played against the Reds for Roma at Old Trafford in the Europa League last season, has been quicker (33.8 km/h) during the tournament.

England's scorer against Croatia, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, is in third place, ahead of Switzerland's pacy striker Breel Embolo and another Italian in Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

James is well known for being lightning quick and has been afforded more space to run into with Wales than he often gets with United, due to teams defending deeper against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reds.

He has used it to his advantage and was upset to be taken off in the opening game with Switzerland after a fine showing, although coach Page insisted afterwards it was because the winger had run himself into the ground.

With that in mind, and Wales looking good for qualification for the knockout stages, the wide-man may end up being afforded a rest, by at least not playing the full match against the Azzurri at the Stadio Olimpico at the weekend.

Rashford: Dan is faster than me!


Despite clocking the fastest times in 2020/21, Marcus insists James would beat him in a 100m sprint.

Marcus Rashford dominated the Premier League speed stats for United last term, despite the presence of James, with the England international admitting during a fans' Q&A with us that his team-mate would probably beat him in a 100-metre sprint.

So it will be interesting to see if the homegrown attacker can force his way into Gareth Southgate's line-up for Friday's clash with Scotland at Wembley and then obtain a place on the quickest-player leaderboard.

Rashford came on as a substitute in the win over Croatia and must be under consideration for a starting spot.