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Chelsea legend Joe Cole understands what it means to play against Callum Hudson-Odoi after training with the Chelsea U18s when he returned from America.

Joe Cole was a winger during his playing days and he fully understands what it means to be effective from the wings and he believes you have to be a very good defender to stop Hudson-Odoi.

“I actually trained with Callum when I was coming back from America,” Cole said.

“I was lucky enough to train with the Chelsea Under-18s, and I saw him first hand. He actually stood me up a couple of times! You can’t catch him. Even at an older age for a footballer you can sort your feet out and stop them going by you, but with that pace and power there’s nothing you can do.

“With his quality once he flips it on his right foot and goes outside you he has gone. You have to be a very, very good defender to combat it.

“The slight mistake he made in the first half for the [Montenegro] goal is a learning mistake. It’s something an 18-year-old would make. But what he brings you is power, pace, directness, and fearlessness. He is a great player and he can be even better. He needs to develop and he is getting better and better every time I see him.”

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley scored a brace and added an assist in England’s win at Montenegro and Cole believes the midfielder has all the attributes to become a world-class midfielder.

“He’s got the technique, he’s got the size, he’s got the physicality, and he’s starting to knit them all together,” Cole said of Barkley.

“He’s played himself into the England team, and he’s got every chance of playing himself into the Chelsea team. He’s got all the attributes to go and become a world-class midfielder.”

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