‘It’s a big loss’ — Ashley Cole tells Chelsea player to change his mind

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Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi made the bold decision of snubbing the England Under-21 team to focus on his Chelsea career.

The 21-year-old had been a part of the Under-21 setup before getting a call-up to the England senior team two years ago.

However, injury and a drop in form have seen him being relegated back to Under-21 duties.

Hudson-Odoi had made a bold decision not to be a part of the England Under-21s anymore, and his decision has attracted lots of criticism from some.

Chelsea legend, Ashley Cole, who’s now England Under-21s assistant coach, has urged Hudson-Odoi to make a U-turn on his decision and make a return to the junior team.

“Him not coming here is a big loss for us because he is a top quality player and of course he would add a lot of quality to this group,” Cole said.

“He felt maybe he wanted to stay behind and get his fitness up to try to get into the Chelsea team first. We have to be understanding within that. The door is always open for young quality players.

“I feel maybe him seeing Emile [Smith Rowe] or Conor [Gallagher] getting the opportunity hopefully now he will change his mind and come and join us.”

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