In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Callum Hudson-Odoi is being considered for an England U-21 call-up, Sam Allardyce criticises the decision to not award Chelsea a first-half penalty against Wolves and Tomas Kalas could be set for a move to Celtic or Rangers this summer.
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Hudson-Odoi set for Under-21 call-up?
The Daily Mail is reporting that Callum Hudson-Odoi is being considered for his first England Under-21s call-up later this week.
The winger, who has scored four goals in 17 senior appearances for Chelsea this season, was a member of the England side which won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 and has represented the country at every youth level up to Under-19.
While he only turned 18 last November, Hudson-Odoi is reportedly being considered by England Under-21 coach Aidy Bothroyd, who is preparing his team for the European Championship in Italy in June.
Bothroyd is due to name his squad on Thursday for friendlies against Germany and Poland later this month. His most recent squad last number included four Chelsea players – defenders Jay Dasilva, Fikayo Tomori and Jake Clarke-Salter, and striker Tammy Abraham.
Allardyce slams handball double standard
Appearing as a pundit on BeIN Sports, Sam Allardyce was critical of referee Michael Oliver for not awarding Chelsea a penalty after Wolves forward Raul Jimenez handled the ball inside his own penalty area on Sunday.
Wolves managed a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge but the former England manager felt that the Blues had every right to be frustrated with the decisions made by the referee after he showed a lack of consistency for two handball decisions in the first half.
Oliver waved away appeals for a penalty when the ball struck the arm of Jimenez, but he whistled for a similar infringement when Diogo Jota controlled the ball with his hand in the Chelsea half.
‘Perhaps we wouldn’t be talking about this as much if he had given the one the other way but because he has given that, he's made himself look foolish in terms of his judgment,’ said Allardyce.
‘The referees are always going on about how you can’t talk about inconsistency if it’s one referee in one game and another referee in another game but this is the same referee in the same game, having virtually an identical incident and having two different decisions.’
Kalas linked with Glasgow giants
Tomas Kalas’ impressive form on loan at Bristol City has attracted the interest of Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers, The Sun reports.
The 25-year-old Czech international has been a regular in defence this season for the Robins, who are pushing strongly for a spot in the Championship play-offs, and he has been watched in recent weeks by both Scottish clubs.
According to the report, he is high on the list of close-season targets drawn up by Celtic manager Neil Lennon and could join the Hoops on a permanent deal in the summer.
‘Drogba taught me almost everything’ - Borini
AC Milan forward Fabio Borini has credited Didier Drogba, who celebrates his 41st birthday today, for helping in his development when he was a youngster at Chelsea.
The Italian spent three years with Chelsea as a teenager, making his senior debut as an 18-year-old with the Blues in 2009 and playing for Swansea, Roma, Liverpool and Sunderland before he joined Milan in 2017.
Speaking to broadcasters DAZN ahead of Milan’s 2-1 win at Chievo last weekend, the 27-year-old paid credit to Drogba for his role in his development.
‘Drogba? I met him when I was 16, he taught me almost everything I needed to know about English football, from technical gestures to the attitude in the locker room. He's a great leader,’ said Borini.