LONDON: Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called up to the senior England squad for the first time after Luke Shaw became the fourth man to withdraw with injury.
The 18-year-old has been drafted into Gareth Southgate’s squad after Manchester United’s Shaw joined Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Stones also pulled out with injuries.
Hudson-Odoi, part of England’s Under-17 World Cup triumph in 2017 and a target for Bayern Munich, has been brought up from the Under-21 squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 double-header against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
He said: “It’s been a crazy day but getting my first (senior) international call-up is an amazing feeling.
“This has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the U21s and then getting told that I have to come over here to St. George’s Park, it’s been a crazy experience but I’m delighted to get the call and it’s a nice feeling to be here as well.
“I thought the manager (Aidy Boothroyd) was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted.
“It’s a dream come true. Now I’ve got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity.
“Everybody here is very humble and they’re very nice. They make sure you’re comfortable, no one has an ego here so hopefully I get to know more of the boys here.”