Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in the England squad and is joined there by four of his Chelsea team-mates.
Hudson-Odoi, who turns 19 today, made his Three Lions debut in March but has not featured for his country at senior level since then because of the Achilles injury he suffered towards the end of the season.
As he continued his work towards regaining full fitness, Hudson-Odoi featured for England Under-21s last month, scoring two brilliant goals in their dismantling of Austria. He has now returned to Gareth Southgate’s senior set-up following some impressive recent performances for the Blues.
Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori retain their places in the 23-man squad, which was announced this afternoon. Abraham made his competitive England debut against Czech Republic in October, while Tomori awaits his first minutes at senior level following his maiden call-up last time out.
England are playing their final two Euro 2020 qualifiers in the upcoming break, the last one of the year. Victory over Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday will guarantee their place at next summer’s tournament, which is being held at different venues across the continent. The Three Lions complete their qualification campaign on Sunday with their first-ever game in Kosovo.
Hudson-Odoi made his England debut off the bench in a big win over Czech Republic in March 2019, and a few days later started for the first time as England thrashed Montenegro away from home, our young winger setting up one of Ross Barkley’s two goals that night. They remain his only two caps to date, and he is the youngest-ever Chelsea player to represent England at senior level.