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England U-21 coach tells Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi to rescind decision over national team snub 

Published on: 19 November 2021
England U-21 coach tells Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi to rescind decision over national team snub 
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge on December 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)


England U21 and Chelsea academy coach Cole says Callum Hudson-Odoi is likely to fall behind other young players such as  Smith Rowe and Gallagher after rejecting two call-ups to represent The Three Lions.

The Chelsea star has turned down the opportunity to play for Gareth Southgate's side and the U-21 team with reports of a possible switch to play Ghana's Black Stars.

According to Cole, Hudson-Odoi is a very talented player and hopes to convince the 21-year old to rescind his decision.

“The door is always open for quality young players,” he said.

“I feel like maybe seeing that Emile or Conor have the opportunity, I hope that now he changes his mind and comes and joins us.

“That he does not come here is a great loss for us because he is a high-quality player and, of course, he would add a lot of quality to this group.

“He felt like maybe he wanted to fall behind and improve his fitness to try to get into the Chelsea squad first. We have to be understanding about that. “

He insists that Southgate is always looking for new talent to join his team.

“The road is there and Gareth has given the players a lot of opportunities now,” he said. “Gareth has mentioned that he is monitoring a lot of players in our group. So if they are playing well for their clubs and they come here to compete, play and train well, then there are opportunities for them.

“We’ve seen it with Emile and Conor at this camp, so who knows in the next few, then we might get some more.”


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