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Callum Hudson-Odoi proves Maurizio Sarri wrong on his first England start

It only took 45 minutes for us to see the truth

If Callum Hudson-Odoi was meant to be nervous ahead of his first England start – he didn’t get the memo.

Many expected the far more experienced Raheem Sterling to be the main man following his Wembley hat-trick.

But it was the 18-year-old Chelsea player who ran the show in the first half.


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Like a duck to water

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Like a duck to water

Hudson-Odoi was originally selected for the U-21 squad for the international break.

With Marcus Rashford’s ‘injury’ forcing him back to Man United, the youngster was given his chance.

He set up the final goal against Czech Republic before replacing Jadon Sancho in the line-up for the game against Montenegro.

It didn’t look like his first international start

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It didn’t look like his first international start

England found themselves 1-0 down following Marko Vesovic’s cool finish early on.

The U-17 World Cup winner combined with Kyle Walker to win a free-kick just before the half hour mark.

Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley whipped in a mean cross which Michael Keane finished fairly routinely.

That must have come in handy…

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That must have come in handy…

Maurizio Sarri’s least favourite player then provided one for his Stamford Bridge colleague, cutting in from the left and hitting a shot which, at first, looked to be going in.

Barkley made sure and poked it home to make it 2-1 going into the break.

Are you watching, Maurizio?

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Are you watching, Maurizio?

All the pre-match chat surrounded the youngster, who had a lot to prove with the naysayers claiming this game was coming too early for the man who is yet to make a Premier League start.

What better way to deal with the scrutiny then to put in a performance like that?

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