It has been a breakthrough week for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi as he got his first senior team call-up for the England national team, and also made his debut as a second-half substitute in the 5-0 win over Czech Republic.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate put trust in the Chelsea academy graduate by handing him a start in England’s next game, an away clash against Montenegro in the Euro 2020 qualifying game, and Hudson-Odoi was at his best once again and was one of the biggest performers in that game.
The 18-year-old is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea this season with all his starts coming in the cup competitions, and he has made 19 appearances so far for the Blues this season, but his lack of starts didn’t deter Southgate from giving Hudson-Odoi a start for England.
Following Hudson-Odoi’s impressive performance against England, there have now been calls for Sarri to give the youngster more playing opportunities in the league.
Chris Sutton who’s among those who have clamoured for Hudson-Odoi to get more playing time, has now revealed that Sarri has been embarrassed following Hudson-Odoi’s national team involvement.
“Chelsea may have turned down Bayern Munich’s offer in January but I don’t think we’ve heard the last of that,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
“Hudson-Odoi just wants to play. It is embarrassing for Chelsea that he can put on that kind of performance on the international stage without having started a game for his club.”
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he watched the youngster for only 20 minutes because he had many other players to watch and wasn’t too impressed with his initial performance.
Asked if he watched Hudson-Odoi in action for England, Sarri said: “No, only 20 minutes because I had 14 players in the national teams and had no time to watch 20 matches.
“I saw the England national team for only 20 or 25 minutes. Callum didn’t start very well in the first 20 minutes on the right. He did very well on the left immediately.
“I know him very well, and I know very well he prefers to play on the left.”