It has been a Monday to remember for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi after the 18-year-old earned an England senior call-up.
Hudson-Odoi was called up to the England U21 side last week and was set to earn his first U21 cap against Poland at Ashton Gate on Thursday.
Few hours after arriving the U21 base in Bristol, Hudson-Odoi was summoned by U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd and told that another car was waiting for him to take another 140-mile journey from Bristol to St George’s Park, the base for the England senior team.
England U21 head coach Boothroyd had planned to give Hudson-Odoi his first U21 cap against Poland on Thursday but now it is almost certain Hudson-Odoi will feature in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
“Callum is a phenomenal talent,” said Boothroyd. “I’m disappointed he’s not going to be here but I do have to say it’s great. I told him ‘I’ve got some good news and bad news for you’… The good news is the seniors have called you up; the bad news is that you have to come back to me in the summer!
“He looked at me as if to say ‘what’s your problem? Why am I not there already?’ No, he didn’t! A big smile come across his face and it is good. You work really hard to get an opportunity as a player. You do the right things all the time and then you get an opportunity.
“When a door opens and you have got to be able to walk through it. That’s what Jadon Sancho has done, that’s what Ben Chilwell has done, Joe Gomez and the rest. I’m sure he will get an opportunity and will show what he can do.
“This call-up will not faze him one bit. He will be absolutely fine. He has shown he can handle anything. I like his self-confidence, I like the way he acts. He doesn’t lack any self-confidence, which I think is brilliant.
“He believes he should be at this level that he is playing at. He thinks he can get into the Champions League and I think that is a great place for a young player to be, to have that confidence. He has proved when he has been given the opportunities that he can do some things other players can’t.
“He has got a really bright future ahead of him, wherever he decides to go. He is buzzing, as you can imagine.”