Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will be watched by England boss Gareth Southgate when Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
According to Daily Mail, Southgate is planning for the possibility of being without Harry Kane this summer.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Friday that the England captain will miss the rest of the season after picking up an injury in Tottenham’s Champions League win over Manchester City.
With Kane having an outside chance of being fit for the UEFA Nations League which is staged in June, Southgate will go to Chelsea’s clash at Liverpool on Sunday with a view to monitoring Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi impressed in his two appearances against Czech Republic and Montenegro, where he made his first senior international start.
The original plan was for Hudson-Odoi to be included in England’s Under 21 squad for the European Championships in Italy and San Marino but Kane’s potential absence could force Southgate into a rethink regarding Hudson-Odoi.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has hailed Hudson-Odoi for playing with the maturity of someone ten years older.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hazard said: “He’s the future of Chelsea. I’ve told him already. He’s still young but when you see him he looks like he’s played 10 years.
“He’s a great guy to work with, he’s been fantastic. He wants to learn and he’s young so I hope Chelsea can keep him for a long time.
“He’s got quality, sometimes I understand it’s hard to get young players in the team because we have people like me, Willian, Pedro.
“But when he has the chance to play they have to show they’re ready and Callum is showing that right now.”