Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi has received his first call up to England’s senior squad. Hudson-Odoi who is yet to feature in a Premier League game received the news of his promotion to the senior squad last week. He was before the invite, a player with England’s Under-21 squad. When manager Aidy Boothroyd broke the news to him, the 18-year-old said he was “shocked.”
Hudson-Odoi who couldn’t hide his excitement took to social media to say “It’s been a crazy experience but my joy knows no bounds. I thought the manager was joking.” The Chelsea player was invited into the senior team for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and the Czech Republic.
The teenager who has made only 23 first team appearances in his career said that playing with the senior squad is a dream come true for him. “Now I have to really work hard, enjoy every moment and hope to make an impact when the opportunity comes. Everyone here is humble and nice………. No one has an ego here. So I’m hoping I’ll get to know them more,” he added.
Hudson-Odoi will become England’s
eighth youngest player if he plays against the Czech Republic or Montenegro. The youngest England international till date remains Theo Walcott who played against Hungary in 2006 at the age of seventeen.
Sometime in January, Hudson-Odoi attempted to move to Bayern Munich for £35m. But Chelsea refused to sell with Maurizio Sarri stating that it was “dangerous” to heap a lot of pressure on the teenager.
Boothroyd insisted that Hudson-Odoi had everything it takes to make an impact at senior level. “I think it’s brilliant that he doesn’t lack any self-confidence. He believes he should be where he is now and looks forward to getting into the champions league. If given the opportunity, he can do things that other players can’t do. I think he has a bright future ahead of him, regardless of where he goes.”