Two Chelsea players were starters for England Under-21s in their win against Andorra on Friday evening and both have spoken in the wake of the game.
The Young Lions bettered their 3-3 draw in Andorra earlier in the Euro qualification campaign with a 3-1 win at Wolves’ Molineux stadium, with Hudson-Odoi scoring one of the goals from the penalty spot and Conor Gallagher performing well, despite being penalised for the spot-kick that led to the opposition goal.‘I am happy to get the goal and I am happy for the result as well,’ said Hudson-Odoi.‘We went there [to Andorra] and we drew 3-3 which was unfortunate, so we had to prove a point and needed to get the result. We started off sharply and we worked really hard. We got the goal, unfortunately they got the goal as well which made it 1-1 but we remained focused, did what we needed to do, and got the result.’Gallagher, currently on loan West Brom and looking at the big picture, added: ‘We’re all 20, 21 and even younger, but he [England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd] wants us to play maturely and with experience which a lot of us do have. So there’s definitely still learning for us.‘The amount of young English talent around the country is amazing. We have 17-year-olds in our squad. There is a lot of competition but it’s all healthy. When you get a chance to show what you can do, you have to take your chance.’
Hudson-Odoi is one of the 20-year-olds in the squad and on a personal level feels he is getting back to his best after injury put his rapid progress on hold.‘I still feel that I am improving, that I am still getting there, and I am still trying to get a lot of strength in the calf which I lost a lot of muscle from but I feel like I am getting back to my best,’ he said.‘Hopefully sooner or later I will be back to normal as I was before, but I just want to keep improving daily, keep working hard and keep getting better day by day.’