#SPORTS: Chelsea fans excited at the prospect of Hudson Odoi starting
The Chelsea winger makes his second start for England
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been named in England’s starting line-up for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo.
The Chelsea winger was an unused substitute during Thursday’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro, a result which sealed England’s place at the European Championship next summer.
But Southgate has handed a start to the teenager as well as recalling Raheem Sterling after dropping the Manchester City winger for his role in the training ground bust-up with Joe Gomez.
Nick Pope also starts over Jordan Pickford, with Southgate wanting to hand the Burnley goalkeeper some crucial international experience.
Southgate says he is delighted to be blessed with a group of young, hungry players – many of whom ply their trade for Chelsea.
“But I would imagine that Sven thought the same of Beckham, Scholes, Carrick, Gerrard, Lampard,” Southgate says. “If you’re the England manager, you’re normally in a reasonably privileged position. We have given young players their opportunity ahead of their time, which has given us a greater depth.
“There’s nothing better than seeing the smile on Tammy Abraham’s face when he gets his first goal for England [on Thursday]. That almost makes everything worthwhile.”
Chelsea fans took to social media before the game, with many delighted that Hudson-Odoi will get his chance against Kosovo, but also slightly disappointed that Abraham is again on the bench.
Some Manchester United supporters questioned why Marcus Rashford was dropped after his goal against Montenegro.
England XI v Kosovo: Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Rice, Maguire, Mings, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kane, Winks, Hudson-Odoi.
Substitutes: Pickford, Henderson, Trippier, Rose, Stones, Tomori, Maddison, Mount, Sancho, Rashford, Wilson, Abraham.