Callum Hudson-Odoi talks about the pressure and expectations around him to become a superstar.
has started only four ofChelsea
’s last 13 games, and because of that, he has been dropped from England’s senior team into theUnder-21
After achieving man of the match in the 5-0 win against Albania, the 20-year-old talks about the pressure and expectation around him.
“I am only 20! Sometimes people forget the age because I have been around for a while," Hudson-Odoi said. "I started young. I have just turned 20. I have kicked on well and I can keep progressing day in day out.
"The last 18 months have been strange, not something I'd have liked, but we have to deal with it. I want to look to the future and hopefully, better things will come. I put pressure on myself. I want to prove myself every time, do my best every game.
"Sometimes there is a lot of expectation and you just have to play your normal game, and the result will go your way. I just say to myself keep being positive, things might go wrong but be positive and hope the end result will be good.
"It has been a rollercoaster, up and down, up and down. But stuff like that you move on from and think of the present and the future. For myself, I want to make sure I am training every day. I am working my hardest, trying to get in the team and working my way back to the senior England team.
"I keep trying, working. In the last 18 months, I have enjoyed bits and not enjoyed bits. I feel I am getting more confident game by game. Gareth [Southgate] and Aidy say: 'Get your crosses across goal, get shots on target, and keep being a threat, the player everyone fears when you play them.'
"I want to be on the ball. Try to work as hard as possible for the team as well. I want to get wins and trophies as well.”
Now Hudson-Odoi has international breaks ahead of him and he will be in better shape after the games and it is not likely that he would get a chance to play against Newcastle United on Saturday.
However, Hudson-Odoi does not give up and is willing to prove himself.
"You train hard at Chelsea every day, the managers are always looking and you always want to prove a point that you are ready when called upon," he added. "When I train and play in games, I want to score, assist, work hard for the team and always improve myself on the pitch and to prove a point as well.
"No matter what it is, I want to give 100 percent, keep trying, and staying positive. I have the right people behind me, giving me the right instructions, and keeping me grounded. I am really happy with the people in the background with that and I want to get back into the team."