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Thursday, December 2, 2021

“Why would you like to play in the Under 21 team?”

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Chelsea wing Callum Hudson-Odoi snubbed a call from the English U-21 team. The English winger broke into Chelsea’s first team in 2017 but made his first appearance a year later under Maurizio Sarri.

He has since gone through some ups and downs due to injuries and competition but has now managed to get back on top. He is a regular member of the team for the Blues and has been in incredible shape lately.

A dream come true, sparkling to get my first goal and assist for the team I have been playing for since the age of 8, hopefully many more opportunities will come 🙏🏾❤️⚽️ https://t.co/dqPoW9WLOz

With several forwards injured in Chelsea’s ranks, Hudson-Odoi has had a number of games. He impressed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel with his performances before receiving a call from the England U-21 organization. He has scored one goal and two assists in 11 games for Chelsea this season.

Hudson-Odoi declined because he was eager to play for the senior team. His decision has now been backed up by Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who cited Conor Gallagher’s success as an example.

He told ITV:

“This is the kind of player you want to see, you want to see players of that caliber reach the entire international squad instead of playing in the Under 21 team. I would say the same as Callum Hudson-Odoi.”

Wright added:

“He broke into Chelsea no matter how tough he was, had a career-threatening injury, why would you want to play in the Under 21 team? That doesn’t get you into the first team. Playing as well for your club as Conor is and how he’s doing Callum, this is what gets you there. And it’s nice to see people like Conor come in there. Hopefully it can continue. “

Hudson Odoi was investigated for refusing the England U-21 call

Hudson-Odoi’s decision to reject the England U-21 call was met with criticism from several experts. Former England Trevor Sinclair said:

“The only one I’d say he’s bad is Hudson-Odoi – and I don’t mean to pick him. For me, I think he’s quite arrogant. A big part of being a footballer and a big reason you do it is by staying humble.”

He added:

“There are many ups and downs. When you fly, you are fine, when you are not doing so well, there are people who have your back. I think Hudson-Odoi says he is not playing for the Under 21 team is poor.”

Hudson-Odoi staying at Chelsea was good news for Chelsea as it meant a rest period for the winger. As expected, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was pleased with Hudson-Odoi’s decision.



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