Ashley Cole urges £120k-a-week Chelsea player to completely 'change his mind' after recent decision

Ashley Cole has urged one Chelsea player to make a U-turn on a recent decision he made about his international stance. 

Cole, who’s a Blues legend and now England Under-21s assistant, has been discussing Chelsea attacker Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi declined joining up with the England Under-21s squad during the current international break, something which didn’t go down well with talkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair.

The £120,000-a-week winger aims to force his way back into the senior England squad by focusing on his club football at Stamford Bridge, so isn’t involved with the Young Lions group.

In fairness, Hudson-Odoi’s made three senior England appearances. But, he’s quite far down a pecking order where Gareth Southgate has so much talent to choose from.


Cole has suggested that Chelsea’s rising star should reconsider playing for England’s Under-21s again.

“Him not coming here is a big loss for us because he is a top quality player and of course he would add a lot of quality to this group,” Cole said.

“He felt maybe he wanted to stay behind and get his fitness up to try to get into the Chelsea team first. We have to be understanding within that. The door is always open for young quality players.

“I feel maybe him seeing Emile [Smith Rowe] or Conor [Gallagher] getting the opportunity hopefully now he will change his mind and come and join us.”

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England mistake? 

There is no shame playing for England’s Under-21s, as so many of the senior group have gone down the exact same path. 

Smith Rowe and Gallagher were both bumped up from the Under-21s to the seniors during the past week because of injuries. Subsequently, they’ve now both earned their senior England debuts. 

Hudson-Odoi may well have been involved with Southgate’s squad if he had joined the Under-21s, but you’ve got to respect he’s doing what he thinks is best. 

The Chelsea speedster is dong everything he can to try impress club manager Thomas Tuchel.

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Hudson-Odoi needs to continue Chelsea momentum

Hudson-Odoi needs to carry on with the kind of form he was showing before the international break. 

The 21-year-old has been starting games regularly in his preferred attacking position and showing he can be a major creative threat.

Rio Ferdinand suggested earlier this month Hudson-Odoi is ready to live up to the hype, so it’s going to be intriguing to see how the next couple of months pans out for him.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.