England star Reece James posts moment 'robbers raided his house'

England star Reece James reveals moment robbers carried off heavy safe containing his Champions League winners and Euro 2020 final medals after breaking into his £2.5m mansion while he was playing for Chelsea

  • Reece James was playing for Chelsea on Tuesday night when house was robbed 
  • The England star posted footage of the gang raiding his house on Instagram  
  • James, 21, said thieves took a safe that contained Chelsea and England medals 

Chelsea and England star Reece James has shared shocking footage of a gang of ‘cowardly robbers’ breaking into his house and stealing a safe containing his Champions League and England medals. 

James, 21, was playing for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening when the gang broke into his £2.5 million house in north Surrey, which was empty at the time. 

He posted footage of the gang on Instagram which shows them coming through a gate and forcing their way inside before escaping with a heavy safe. 

One clip shows some of the thieves struggling to move the safe while others struggle to open the gates of the footballer’s home. 

Eventually, they manage to do both things and load the safe into the back of a getaway car. 

James revealed that his Champions League winners medal, his Euro 2020 final medal and Super Cup winners medal were all in the safe that was taken. 

It is not the first time he has fallen victim to thieves after some broke into his car to steal presents he was planning to hand to hungry children in December.

James (pictured with his Champions League winners medal) said the safe contained his Champions League and Super Cup medals, as well as his England Euro 2020 runners up medal 

A gang of thieves load a safe taken from England star Reece James’ house into a getaway car

It is unknown how much a Champions League medal is worth – though former Liverpool star Steve Finnan auctioned his 2005 winner’s medal for £10,000 – £15,000 last year. 

Speaking about the break-in, James wrote on Instagram: ‘On the evening of the 14th of September 2021 when I was playing for my club in the return of the Champions League, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house. 

‘They managed to collectively lift a heavy safe containing some personal items of mine into their car. 

‘I never keep any jewellery of mine in my house so all that was contained in the safe were my Champions League winners medal and Super Cup winners medal and the runners up medal for the Euro 2020. 

‘These medals were won representing Chelsea and England – honours that can never be taken away from me whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it.

‘Nevertheless, I am appealing to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and turn in these low life individuals who will never be able to rest easy as the evidence is mounting against them. 

One clip shows some of the thieves struggling to move the safe while others struggle to open the gates of the footballer’s home. Eventually, they manage to do both things and load the safe into the back of a getaway car

Speaking about the break-in, James wrote on Instagram: ‘On the evening of the 14th of September 2021 when I was playing for my club in the return of the Champions League, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house’

After the Euro 2020 final loss against Italy, James (front) was one of several England players who took off their runners-up medals shortly after receiving them

‘The police, my advisers and Chelsea FC (and many others) are all behind me as we have firm leads on who the perpetrators are. We are closing in on them. 

‘Luckily, no one was present during the break in but I want to let all of you know I am safe and well. 

‘I really do appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my misfortune and I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.’

Surrey Police have been contacted for comment. 

James is currently dating law graduate Mia McClenaghan, who works for Royal Holloway university in London as a senior interviewer for a Legal Advice Centre, aiding prisoners on family matters.

It is unknown if the couple live together. 

James’ sister Lauren plays for Chelsea’s women’s team, after joining from Manchester United over the summer. 

After the Euro 2020 final loss against Italy, James was one of several England players who took off their runners-up medals shortly after receiving them. 

Like fellow England star Marcus Rashford, James is a vocal campaigner against food poverty. 


James is currently dating law graduate Mia McClenaghan, who works for Royal Holloway university in London as a senior interviewer for a Legal Advice Centre, aiding prisoners on family matters 

Reece James shows how thieves broke into his car to steal presents he was handing to charity in December

The Champions League winner donated his UEFA Euro 2020 match day shirt from England’s opening group game against Croatia to help encourage donations to London-based food charity, The Felix Project. 

He said at the time: ‘Whilst many of us are looking forward to summer holidays, we must remember that there are a number of children who will be not so happy for schools to be closed.

‘Felix’s Kitchen will make fresh meals from donated surplus food for holiday clubs and other places that are providing meals for hungry children during the long summer holidays.’ 

The Chelsea defender was working with the Felix Project when his car was broken into last December. 

When returning to his car to retrieve presents he was planning to hand out, the 21-year-old found his window had been smashed in with the contents stolen from his vehicle.  

James posted the shocking damage to his car on Instagram, as he shared his dismay with followers.    

He captioned the picture: ‘Another rewarding experience with the Felix Project today serving meals to the younger generation.

‘Hopefully we spread some joy ahead of a challenging Christmas period.

‘Unfortunately, I was met with huge disappointment when returning to my car.

‘During the event, someone felt the need to break in and steal gifts that I was due to go and donate later in the day. What goes around comes around.’

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