Ex-England international Ashley Cole has advised Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi to review his stance on the decision not to play for the England Under-21s during last month’s international break. The former Chelsea defender encouraged Hudson-Odoi to reconsider his stance on the situation.
Ashley Cole is now an assistant manager with the England Under-21 team and he talked about Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoishortly after he rejected the chance to play for the England Under-21s during the international break in November. In a chat with TalkSPORT, Chelsea legend Ashley Cole said that Hudson-Odoi was a big loss to the England Under-21s who also lost the services of both Conor Gallagher and Emile Smith-Rowe to the senior team.
Former Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair is a TalkSPORT and he was left unhappy with the decision taken by Hudson-Odoi who earns £120,000 on a weekly basis at Chelsea. Hudson-Odoideclined the invitation to turn out for the England Under-21s as he wants to focus on his club form with Chelsea so as to force his way back into the England squad under Gareth Southgate.
Hudson-Odoi already has three caps for England, but he’s not close to being selected for the senior team as manager Gareth Southgate has a lot of attacking talents at his disposal.
Ashley Cole understands the decision taken by Hudson-Odoi who wants to build his fitness in a bid to try to force his way into the Chelsea starting XI on a regular basis. The Chelsea defender added that seeing the aforementioned duo of Gallagher and Smith-Rowe move from the Under-21s to the senior team might hopefully change the stance taken by Hudson-Odoi.
Arsenal midfielder Smith-Rowe was promoted into the senior team after several withdrawals hit the team and he made his debut as a second half substitute against Albania in a World Cup 2022 qualifier. For Gallagher, who’s on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, he played his first game for England as a substitute during the second World Cup 2022 qualifier against San Marino last month.