Saturday, 20 April 2019 | 11:44 WIB

Southgate Calls Up Callum Hudson-Odoi to English Senior National Team

Southgate Calls Up Callum Hudson-Odoi to English Senior National Team (skysports)

LONDON, NETRALNEWSCallum Hudson-Odoi, an 18-year-old Chelsea player who was reportedly racially abused while competing in the Europa League against Dinamo Kiev, has been called up to join Gareth Southgate's senior English national team. Hudson-Odoi had previously only appeared on the England junior national team but his special appearance with Chelsea made Southgate call him to face European qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

Reporting from Skysports on Tuesday (03/19/2019), Hudson-Odoi, who has the opportunity to appear limited at Stamford Bridge, is still able to score five goals in 19 matches in all competitions. This is what might impress Southgate.

"It's a crazy day, but getting my first international call (senior national team) is an extraordinary feeling," Hudson-Odoi said.

"Today was a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol for the U21 national team for the first time, then was told that I had to come here to St. George's Park. It was a great experience, but I was happy to get that call It feels good to be here.

"I think the manager (Aidy Boothroyd) is joking. I was surprised and then when I heard that I really had to go, I did not believe it. I am happy. I am happy. This is a dream come true."

"Now I have to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working and hopefully make an impact when I get this opportunity."

"Everyone here is humble and they are very good. They make sure you feel comfortable, no one has an ego here, so hopefully I can get to know more players here," he concluded.