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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to be rewarded for his progress at Chelsea this season with a first England U21 call-up.

The 18-year-old was part of the England U17 team that won the World Cup in 2017 and England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd will include him for upcoming friendlies against Poland and Germany as he assesses all his options before this summer’s European Championships, which begin on June 16 in Italy and San Marino.

Hudson-Odoi tried to push through a move to Bayern Munich in January due to concerns about playing time at Chelsea with the 18-year-old yet to start a Premier League game this season but the club refused to accept Bayern’s bid for the winger.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has cautioned Chelsea fans and the media against putting too much pressure on Hudson-Odoi.

“I think also that you have to put less pressure on the young English players. Because they need to improve,” Sarri said.

“I have never seen a player of 18 at the top, so Callum, like all the other young players in England, needs to improve in this moment.

“That’s very important for him at this moment. Then he will be able to be at the top when he is 22 or 23 without pressure at the moment. I think you put too much pressure on the young English players.”

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