Callum Hudson-Odoi deserves England squad for the upcoming European Qualifiers despite him not having made a Premier League start, according to Liam Rosenior.
The Chelsea youngster has joined up with the senior squad for the matches against the Czech Republic and Montenegro after Luke Shaw’s withdrawal, just days after his maiden Under-21 call-up.
The 18-year-old has scored five goals in 19 outings for the Blues he is yet to begin a top-flight match and his manager Maurizio Sarri has resisted from using the winger on a regular basis.
“Sometimes I felt it was too long for players to get a chance with England, what I love about what we’re doing now is we’re giving young players a chance to give them a chance to say ‘I am good enough’.”
The call-up comes while Hudson-Odoi’s future at Stamford Bridge is increasingly uncertain.
Chelsea turned down multiple bids for the forward from Bayern Munich during the January transfer window, amid the failure to agree on an extension to his contract which expires in 2020.
But the interest from the Bundesliga champions merely confirms Hudson-Odoi’s burgeoning talent, says former England international Kevin Phillips.