Southgate urges Hudson-Odoi to rethink Chelsea exit

Southgate urges Hudson-Odoi to rethink Chelsea exit

Southgate urges Hudson-Odoi to rethink Chelsea exit

Sterling has been the target of much criticism previously while on global duty, but this time he proved his doubters wrong in an England shirt with an exceptional hat trick that bagged the Manchester City man the match ball. Now I'm just really looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.

The damning fact which is now staring Maurizio Sarri & co.in their face is that despite Hudson-Odoi not being able to record a single start in the Premier League this season, the 18-year-old has been handed his senior England cap by Gareth Southgate.

While his excellent performance will garner headlines, Sterling was eager to pay tribute to young trio Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called-up to the England squad for the first time for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

Gareth Southgate was forced to shuffle his regular team from the UEFA Nations League campaign as several key players such as Marcus Rashford missed out to due injury.

"I thought he was electric all night", said the England manager.

"I always think of Sir Alex with Ryan and how he did that so well".

Reuters  Carl Recine
Reuters Carl Recine

The nation, which only joined Uefa in 2007, was on a four-match losing streak before a draw against Bulgaria on Friday and Ljubisa Tumbakovic has said that his side can not spot a weaknesses in Gareth Southgate's in-form side.

"He is a great player, as you can see on and off the pitch", Sancho told beIN Sports when asked about Sterling.

"We - and I include Steve (Holland, assistant manager) in this - watch a high number of games, so we're very clear on the capabilities of all of the players", Southgate said. He's really focused on his training and his preparation, and I think he's enjoyed that extra responsibility as well.

"Then we're thinking about what's right for them individually, what's right for the balance of the team". I think we've seen that with Marcus (Rashford) and his development.

"And that's critical, because we need to know how they're going to react in different situations, in different positions".

"There have been lots of challenges we've had already that we've been the first to (achieve), so we have to (do that again and) make sure our mentality for the game is excellent".

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