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5 things you may not know about Callum Hudson-Odoi

18-year-old Chelsea forward has been called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has received his first senior England call-up. (Adam Davy/PA)
Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has received his first senior England call-up. (Adam Davy/PA)

Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called up to the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The 18-year-old has impressed when given the chance for the Blues this season and has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich over the last year.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not know about the latest precocious talent to make it into Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.

World at his feet

While this is Hudson-Odoi’s first taste of the England senior squad, the forward has already shown he can cut in on the international stage and joins up with his new team-mates a World Cup winner.

He laid on two assists in the 2017 final of the Under-17s World Cup in India as England recovered from two goals down to hammer Spain 5-2.

Having shown glimpses of his promise throughout the tournament, he has followed that up by making an impact at Chelsea – with supporters often calling for Hudson-Odoi to be afforded more minutes by manager Maurizio Sarri.

Trophy teen

Hudson-Odoi got on the scoresheet as Chelsea thrashed Manchester City in the 2017 FA Youth Cup final (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Although he only turned 18 in November, Hudson-Odoi is already no stranger to collecting silverware.

He played a pivotal role as Chelsea’s academy dominated youth-level football last season and has already lifted two FA Youth Cups and the Under-18 Premier League title.

Add to that his winners’ medal as part of England’s Under-17 World Cup squad and it appears Hudson-Odoi has a taste for success.

Buying Munich

Hudson-Odoi has been catching the attention of one of Europe’s biggest clubs (Martin Rickett/PA)

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were keen on a move for Hudson-Odoi and made their interest well known.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic declared in January that he was a player who Bayern had “great interest in” and “would fit in well at our club…a player we would definitely like to have”.

Chelsea resisted any temptation to cash in on their academy star, although with Hudson-Odoi having made just three Premier League appearances since the January transfer window closed, a move could be reignited this summer.

Brotherly Love

Hudson-Odoi’s older brother Bradley is also plying his trade as a footballer and joined National League South outfit Woking in January after a short spell with Wealdstone.

Unlike his younger sibling, 29-year-old Bradley was born in Ghana but has never represented his country of birth.

Bradley was signed to the academy at Fulham but never made the step up to the first team at Craven Cottage and the striker has moved around non-league football since.

Father’s footsteps

Hudson-Odoi (second right) poses with his family after returning from India with the Under-17s World Cup (Steven Paston/PA)

As well as his brother, Hudson-Odoi’s father was also a professional footballer.

Bismark Odoi turned out for Hearts of Oak in his native Ghana and operated as a midfielder for the Accra-based side.

Hudson-Odoi may be the latest in his family to emerge onto the scene but it certainly looks as though he will become the most recognised member of the clan.



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