Trevor Sinclair has described Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi as “quite arrogant” due to his decision this week to turn down the England Under-21s.
Hudson-Odoi, 20, has once again opted not to join up with the Young Lions squad for the November international break.
England’s Under-21s boss Lee Carsley explained in August that Hudson-Odoi rejected an international call-up to his age group. He said the Chelsea youngster is focused on his club football at Stamford Bridge.
England senior manager Gareth Southgate echoed a similar reason yesterday for why Hudson-Odoi has once again not joined the Under-21s group for the next two weeks.
“He feels he would be best served staking a case for the team with Chelsea. I think he has a better chance of impressing us if he is with the Under 21s as well, frankly,” Southgate said.
TalkSPORT pundit Sinclair suggests the £120,000-a-week Chelsea man is making a mistake. He believes it’s part of the process working your way up the internatonal age ladder.
Hudson-Odoi wants to back himself to break into Southgate’s senior squad based off his Chelsea form. Therefore, he’s going to do it the hard way in his bid to add to his three senior international caps.
“I think that’s quite arrogant. A big part of being a footballer, and a big part of why you make it, is because there are a lot of ups and downs… I think Hudson-Odoi saying he’s not going to play for the Under-21s is poor,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
Club over country
In fairness, it’s Hudson-Odoi’s own choice to make when it comes to his international stance. He’s focusing on playing for Chelsea right now in the hope that it can proper him back into England’s senior squad.
Perhaps it’ll damage his chances in the short-term turning down the Under-21s, but there is always the risk of picking up injuries away on international duty.
Everyone should respect his preference to get his head down at Chelsea, especially Blues supporters.
Hudson-Odoi needs to maintain Chelsea momentum
Hudson-Odoi can’t afford to take his foot off the gas when he’s got a decent stranglehold on a starting attacking position.
The young speedster looks a massive attacking threat, with Rio Ferdinand praising him for his most recent performance.
He has to keep impressing Tuchel every game, though, with big players coming back from injury at Stamford Bridge.
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