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Hudson-Odoi is unlucky to be in England U21 - Boothroyd

Tue 16 March 2021 | 7:19

The Chelsea star has no place in the England recent squad.

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has claimed that Callum Hudson-Odoi is unlucky not to have invited to Gareth Southgate's squad despite his good performances in recent weeks.

The 20-year-old star has been called up to the England Under-21 squad for the Euro competition in March. Hudson-Odoi, has played in 11 of 12 possible games under Thomas Tuchel and his side have been unbeaten. Boothroyd emphasized that Hudson was unlucky not to be called up to the

England

national team.

“I think so (that he is unlucky),”

Boothroyd told reporters ahead of the international break.

“Not only that, but one or two players on our standby list for this particular squad can consider themselves unlucky.

“That’s good for me because the quality of the players is so high. But that’s all part of sport and life. You get an opportunity; you take it, things don’t work out, you come back down, you’ve got to get back on your bike and go again.

“Callum has certainly done that; we’re expecting Mason [Greenwood] to do that and anybody else who goes up to the senior team and comes back to us.

“There’s an expectation from us that is exactly the same as the senior team and all the pathways. We want you to be the best you can be and dealing with disappointment is part of that.

“There are ups and downs for these young guys and that is part of what we do, to offer them an environment where they can relax a little bit and show what they’ve got.

“But if they’re not with us in terms of how we want to do that and what’s expected, then they don’t last very long. But those that do tend to get back into the seniors and do very well.”

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