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Hudson-Odoi: sometimes people forget that ’I am only 20!’

Thu 19 November 2020 | 14:02

Callum Hudson-Odoi talks about the pressure and expectations around him to become a superstar.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

has started only four of


’s last 13 games, and because of that, he has been dropped from England’s senior team into the



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."


source: SportMob