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Callum Hudson-Odoi called up to senior England squad

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Callum Hudson-Odoi's impressive performances for Chelsea have earned him a first call-up to the senior England squad. 

Last week Hudson-Odoi was named in England's Under-21 squad for the first time, and now he has been promoted to join up with Gareth Southgate's senior side for their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. 

'It's been a crazy day but getting my first call-up is an amazing feeling,' he said.

'Today has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the Under-21s 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 a nice feeling to be here as well.

'I thought the U21 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.'

The 18-year-old attacker has made 19 appearances for the Blues this term, scoring four Europa League goals and once in the FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday. If he wins a cap in these games he will become the youngest Chelsea player in history to play for the senior England side. Glen Johnson, Jimmy Greaves and Ray Wilkins all made their England debuts when they were 19. 

Hudson-Odoi has represented England from Under-16 to Under-19 level, most notably at the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 when the young Lions went all the way and lifted the trophy in India (discussed with four of his Chelsea colleagues in the video below). Hudson-Odoi featured in every game at the tournament and assisted three goals in the final against Spain. It capped a glittering year for the youngster in which he also helped our Under-18s win the FA Youth Cup and Under-18 Premier League, before retaining both titles the following season. 

Hudson-Odoi will be joined in the England squad by Ross Barkley, but not Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has withdrawn because of injury.

England host Czech Republic on Friday night before travelling to Podgorica to play Montenegro on Monday evening.

We will have a full rundown of all the international call-ups for Chelsea players later this week.

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