Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngest England debutant when he came off the bench in England’s 5-0 win over Czech Republic on Monday.
The 18-year-old was handed his first England start in the big win over Montenegro on Monday night. His start for England on Monday night means he is England’s second youngest starter in a competitive game, only behind Wayne Rooney.
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, who scored twice in the 5-1 win in Montenegro, believes Hudson-Odoi deserved to start after his impressive performances in training since joining the England squad.
“From minute one in the training sessions while he [Hudson-Odoi] has been here [with England] he was been top drawer,” Barkley said.
“A few of the lads have been saying how good he looks and he fully deserved the start from how he has performed in training all week.”
Hudson-Odoi impressed for England in his first start after recovering from an error in the build-up to Montenegro taking the lead.
“I reacted slowly to the ball, I made a mistake but you always have to react positively to it no matter what,” explained Hudson-Odoi.
“You have to be confident in what you are doing. If you make a mistake you have to keep going.
“We did very well, we had great mentality from the start. Going a goal down was a disappointment but we reacted strongly and well done to Ross for getting the two goals.”
Barkley agreed with Hudson-Odoi that it was a great night for him in an England shirt.
Barkley said: “For sure, a great night for me and great result coming away from home. Montenegro were always going to put up a test for us and they started really well, but we showed character in getting back and it was a positive performance.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted Manchester United want to emulate Chelsea by winning the Champions League this season.
Herrera told El Periódico de Aragón: “In the league we are fighting for the third place and they eliminated us in the quarter-finals of the Cup.
“The Champions League we are there, without going crazy, but we remember that Di Matteo’s Chelsea, who were not the favourites and were champions after many problems that year.”