James was handed his first Premier League start for Frank Lampard’s men on Saturday, as Chelsea picked up a 2-0 victory over Palace.
The youngster was given a tough job, as he was handed the task of marking Palace’s star man Wilfried Zaha, but he frustrated the wide-man.
James managed to keep Zaha quiet for much of the match, and he proved a threat for Chelsea in an attacking sense.
It was a hugely encouraging full Premier League debut from the teenager.
And even Hodgson couldn’t help but be impressed by the performance that the Chelsea man put in.
"I thought it was a good battle," Hodgson said.
"Reece James must be very pleased with himself. He's playing against such a dangerous opponent in his first start in the Premier League after his excellent performance on Tuesday night when he came in.
"He has got to be delighted playing at home against a player of Zaha's quality. He made life very difficult for Wilf so congratulations to him.”
Whether James will retain his place in Chelsea’s team after the international break now remains to be seen.
Cesar Azpilicueta has impressed at right-back for Chelsea in recent weeks, but Lampard may want to give another youngster his chance in his starting line-up.
Chelsea’s win over Palace has pushed them up to third place in the Premier League table, with Lampard’s side currently in brilliant form.
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