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England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted the speed of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s recovery from an Achilles injury has surprised him.
Southgate also hailed Hudson-Odoi’s dedication.
“We were surprised at how quickly he was back,” said Southgate.
“That would be a credit to his dedication and motivation and also everybody at Chelsea for the way they’ve managed that injury.
“So, he’s still on his way back. I think [with] any of those long-term injuries, you take a little while to hit your very best and of course, he’s a young player so he’s still learning and improving, but already in the games he has played, we can see his level.
“He’s pushing. He’s pushing those other wide players that I talked about to start in the team.
“So, it’s great to have him back involved and I know he’ll be excited about that. And also [it provides] an important message: sometimes [with] players, we will move them back to the U21s at times if we think it’s the right thing.
“He acquitted himself brilliantly within that. His attitude was fantastic, he played very well in the games so we got absolutely the response we would have hoped from that.”