Ian Wright was thrilled for Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi after he helped England beat Montenegro 5-1 away from home on Monday night.
The 18-year-old earned his first start for the senior national team in a European Championship qualifier just days after his debut from the bench against Czech Republic.
His rapid rise to the top continued by playing 90 minutes against Montenegro and club manager Maurizio Sarri surely has to be paying close attention to his progress.
Hudson-Odoi could have defended better in the build up for an early Montenegro goal, but he more than made it up for it going forward and was a constant attacking threat for the Three Lions.
The winger was more effective when he drifted out to the left flank and that’s where he assisted Ross Barkley for one of his two goals.
Pundit Wright believes the international break has been a great learning curve for Hudson-Odoi following his first senior call-up and is impressed by lots of what he’s seen from him.
“There are things he (Hudson-Odoi) done today that were fantastic and things he done that were quite naive, you’ll expect that for the age that he is,” Wright said on ITV One’s televised coverage of England v Montenegro (9:45pm, 25 March).
“You make mistakes and have to keep going, and he done that. I’m pleased in the end that he finished the game.”
Hudson-Odoi is bizarrely yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea, but that duck surely has to end over the next few weeks.
The teenage wide man has taken his reputation up to another level with his international performances, as he’s proven he can play at the top level.
He needs to iron out some parts of his game, but that will come with experience and he’s someone that frightens defenders when he’s on the ball due to his directness and pace.