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Callum Hudson-Odoi reacts to England debut

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi has spoken after becoming England’s latest debutant at the age of just 18.

In doing so, the winger becomes Chelsea’s youngest-ever England international, coming on for the final 20 minutes of England’s 5-0 rout of Czech Republic on Friday night.

‘I'm definitely delighted. I want to thank everybody for helping me get here, and to get the opportunity to play is a massive feeling in front of the home crowd as well,’ Hudson-Odoi said. ‘Hopefully there's many more to come.

‘I couldn't believe it [when I was told to get ready]. I didn't think it was real. I was looking around the crowd and everybody looked happy - I couldn't believe it.

‘I didn't know what to do, but I was delighted, and hopefully there'll be many more to come.’
 

It continues a remarkable rise to the top for Hudson-Odoi, who has 19 Chelsea appearances and five goals this term. He was only named in the senior squad on Monday having earlier in March received his maiden Under-21 call-up.

At Wembley, he played a part in England’s fifth goal of five when his shot was parried, hit Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas and went in.

There is the possibility of a second cap for Hudson-Odoi when England face Montenegro on Monday.
 

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