Chelsea attacker may still have chance of making England's World Cup squad if he goes on loan - TCC View

Chelsea talent Callum Hudson-Odoi should still feel he’s got an outside chance of earning an England recall in time for this year’s World Cup, especially as he’s reportedly set to get a move on loan this summer.

Hudson-Odoi, 21, has been tipped as one England’s best youngsters for well over five years.

Despite some early success and moments of brilliance, the Blues attacker hasn’t quite managed to keep pace with some rivals of a similar age.

Hudson-Odoi’s three senior England caps came back in 2019 when he was at his sharpest, but he’s not been involved in Gareth Southgate’s main squad since then.

However, perhaps the Chelsea academy graduate can make a late dart back into the Three Lions fold before the World Cup kickstarts in November.

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Hudson-Odoi England recall?

There’s so often a player that emerges from nowhere to force their way into an England squad before a World Cup, so fingers crossed Hudson-Odoi can be that individual.

It’s been reported that the 21-year-old winger is on the verge of joining German club Bayer Leverkusen on loan. If the transfer goes through, surely it opens up the door for the Blues attacker to start more regularly.

He’s played 100-plus first-team Chelsea games, including 28 games across all competitions last season.

The fact Thomas Tuchel’s used him out of position at wing-back is a sign he doesn’t really fancy him as a winger, though.

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Wildcard for Southgate

Described as “fabulous” by England boss Gareth Southgate a few years ago, Hudson-Odoi is clearly someone admired by the international manager.

He’s just not consistently performed at a high level in Chelsea colours during the last few years.

If he can stay free of injuries, Hudson-Odoi has the attacking quality to tear it up in the Bundesliga with Leverkusen and to start fulfilling some of his potential. His pace, dribbling and directness are assets he needs to get the best out of.

In fairness, England do have some seriously talented wingers that will feel they’re already on the plane for the World Cup in Qatar.

Let’s see if Hudson-Odoi can spring a surprise with a few blistering months in Germany.

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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.