'I know': Gareth Southgate makes claim about Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after naming England squad
England manager Gareth Southgate has said he’s fully aware that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel likes to be reserved when he’s praising his own players, something he’s noticed with Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Southgate announced his 25-man Three Lions squad on Thursday afternoon for the upcoming November international break. Chelsea’s representatives in the England camp are Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount.
He was asked in his press conference about Blues attacker Hudson-Odoi, who’s not been involved with England’s senior group since 2019.
The 20-year-old attacker has come into a great spell of form at Stamford Bridge during the last month and Southgate admits he’s someone on their radar.
Also, Southgate pointed out the approach that Tuchel has with his players.
“He has had a good couple of matches for Chelsea, I know Thomas is guarded about how much he goes with praise on that. It’s good to see him back playing and playing more regularly at first-team level. He knows we are constantly watching him. He’s young enough and talented enough to make a serious challenge as we move forward,” Southgate said.
Tuchel style working a treat for Chelsea
Of course, most players would love to be showered with praise on a regular basis for their performances.
However, Tuchel’s approach is more open and realistic.
Everything he’s done during his first year in charge of the Blues is spot on, so there is no reason for him to change.
His approach with Hudson-Odoi does seem a little strange at times, but lately he’s been getting the best out of him and it’s his way of trying to motivate him.
His run of starts lately is a sign that he’s ticking all the right boxes.
Southampton and ex-Chelsea defender Tino Livramento said last month Hudson-Odoi is one of his most challenging wingers he’s ever faced.
What does Hudson-Odoi’s England future look like?
Aged 20, it’s no great panic to not see Hudson-Odoi in the England squad right now.
He’s a player that can be important for his country in the future, though.
If the speedster can find consistency and replicate his recent form, there is every chance he can force his way into contention.
He’s already got three senior caps to his name and more settled members of the England squad should be looking over their shoulder.
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