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Who is Callum Hudson-Odoi? The latest star of the England National Team

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Today we’ve prepared an in-depth profile analysis of the 18-year old Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made his first England appearance on Friday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is a talented winger who came through the ranks of Chelsea’s youth system. He joined the club at the age of seven and made his debut for the U-18 side in August 2016.

He scored eight goals in his first campaign, helping the team to win the FA Youth Cup at the end of the season.

The youngster showed excellent performances in the U-18 category and earned himself a promotion to Chelsea’s U-23 side at the age of 16.

His breakthrough season was in 2017-18, as the young winger made his senior debut in a FA Cup game against Newcastle United.

Hudson-Odoi was a part of Chelsea’s U-23 team that reached the 2018 UEFA Youth League final but lost 3-0 to Barcelona’s youngsters.

He also played with the U-18 team and retained the FA Cup crown, scoring eight goals in his six games on the way to the title.

The winger is one of the most talented breakout stars in English football and has been compared to Eden Hazard due to his explosive pace and trickery. He was actually on his way out of Stamford Bridge, as Bayern Munich sent several offers for him during the January transfer window.

He has played 19 games for the first team this season, noting five goals and four assists.

In his eight appearances in the Europa League, Hudson-Odoi has completed the joint highest number of dribbles, attempting 9.27 per 90 minutes – more than any player to have featured in as many games.

The youngster has represented England at every age group from U-16 to U-19 level and was part of the team which won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.

He got his first call for the England U-21 team 10 days ago, but following the injuries of some of the senior squad players, Callum was called up to Gareth Southgate’s side just a few days later.

“It’s been a crazy day but getting my first (senior) international call-up is an amazing feeling,” the 18-year-old said via FFT.

“Today has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the U21s and then getting told that I have to come over here to St George’s Park.

“I thought the manager was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it.

“I was delighted. It’s a dream come true. Now I’ve got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity.”

The 18-year old winger even made his first appearance for England, after coming on as a substitute for Raheem Sterling in the 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday night.

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