CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI LINKS UP WITH ENGLAND MEN’S SENIOR SQUAD

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI BECOMES LATEST NEW FACE TO LINK UP WITH ENGLAND MEN’S SENIOR SQUAD

Gareth Southgate has added Callum Hudson-Odoi to his England squad.

The Chelsea forward of Ghanaian descent was originally with the Under-21s in Bristol but has now reported to St. George’s Park as preparations for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro begin.

A FIFA U17 World Cup winner in 2017, Hudson-Odoi has previously been capped for the Young Lions from U16 through to U19 level.

The 18-year-old said: “It’s been a crazy day but getting my first [senior] international call-up is an amazing feeling.

“Today has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the U21s and then getting told that I have to come over here to St. George’s Park, it’s been a crazy experience but I’m delighted to get the call and it’s an awsome feeling to be here as well.

“I thought the manager [Aidy Boothroyd] was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted.

“It’s a dream come true. Now I’ve got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity.

“Everybody here is very humble and they’re very nice. They make sure you’re comfortable, no one has an ego here so hopefully I get to know more of the boys here.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has asked to be withdrawn from the squad through injury.

Southgate now has a 23-man squad following the earlier addition of Southampton’s in-form midfielder James Ward-Prowse and withdrawal of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City duo John Stones and Fabian Delph.

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