Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Callum Hudson-Odoi
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Hudson-Odoi playing for Chelsea in 2017
Personal information
Full name Callum James Hudson-Odoi[1]
Date of birth (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Wandsworth, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)[3]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 20
Youth career
2007–2017 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Chelsea 18 (0)
National team
2015–2016 England U16 2 (0)
2016–2017 England U17 22 (5)
2018 England U18 2 (1)
2018 England U19 7 (2)
2019– England U21 2 (2)
2019– England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 17 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:00, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

Callum James Hudson-Odoi (born 7 November 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.

During his time with Chelsea's academy, Hudson-Odoi was part of the squads which won the U18 Premier League in 2017 as well as back-to-back FA Youth Cup titles. His form at youth level was rewarded in January 2018 when he was handed his senior debut and he has since made over 20 appearances for the club.

Hudson-Odoi also enjoyed considerable success at youth level for England, being part of the squad which ended as runners-up in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and which won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the same year. In March 2019, he became the youngest player to debut in a competitive match for England, doing so in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic.

Early and personal life[edit]

Hudson-Odoi was born and raised in Wandsworth, Greater London.[4][5] He is the younger brother of non-League striker Bradley Hudson-Odoi and the second son of former Hearts of Oak Ghanaian midfielder Bismark Odoi.[6][7]He has a younger brother.[8] Hudson-Odoi was educated at Whitgift School in Croydon.[9]

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Early career[edit]

"You dream of being a professional as a kid, especially at the club I’ve now been at for so long. You think, “Can I become like him (Eto’o) or at least get to the top where he is?” and I’m now fulfilling that dream"

—Hudson-Odoi on celebrating with Samuel Eto’o as a ball-boy in 2014.[10]

Hudson-Odoi joined Chelsea in 2007 and made his under-18 debut in August 2016. He went on to net eight times in twenty-five appearances in his debut campaign, assisting the under-18's to their eight FA Youth Cup triumph.[11] Following this, Hudson-Odoi was promoted to the under-23 team at the age of sixteen and went on to score four times in three games during their EFL Trophy campaign,[12] including a double in their 2–2 draw with League One team Plymouth Argyle.[13]

On 20 December 2017, Hudson-Odoi first appeared in Chelsea's first-team matchday squad in their EFL Cup tie against Bournemouth, remaining as an unused substitute in the 2–1 victory.[14] On 28 January 2018, Hudson-Odoi made his first-team debut in the FA Cup match against Newcastle United. He came off the bench in the 81st minute, replacing Pedro in a 3–0 home victory.[15] His Premier League debut came as a substitute on 31 January in a 3–0 home loss to AFC Bournemouth.[16]

2018–19 season[edit]

Following an impressive 2018–19 pre-season under the newly appointed Maurizio Sarri, the Italian announced that Hudson-Odoi would stay with the Chelsea first-team squad for the forthcoming campaign.[17] Following this, Hudson-Odoi was handed the number 20 jersey. On 5 August 2018, Hudson-Odoi made his first start for the club during their FA Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, featuring for 59 minutes in the 2–0 loss.[18] In his first Europa League start against PAOK, he scored his first goal for the senior team, which went on to win 4–0 at Stamford Bridge on 29 November.[19]

On 5 January 2019, in Chelsea's FA Cup third-round opener against Nottingham Forest, he assisted both of Álvaro Morata's goals in a 2–0 win.[20] During the January transfer window Hudson-Odoi was reportedly the subject of multiple transfer bids from Bayern Munich, with Chelsea's assistant manager Gianfranco Zola and Bayern's director of sport Hasan Salihamidžić both confirming the interest.[21][22][23] Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri criticised Bayern Munich's public conduct.[24] On 26 January 2019, it was announced that Hudson-Odoi had put in an official transfer request.[25] However, he was selected for Chelsea's next match the following day, a home tie in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. Hudson-Odoi played 90 minutes, scoring in a 3–0 win.[26] Two days later, Sarri confirmed that Hudson-Odoi would be staying at the club.[27]

In March 2019, Chelsea complained about alleged racism aimed at Hudson-Odoi during a match against Dynamo Kiev.[28] He was later offered counselling for the incident.[29] On 3 April, he made his first league start for Chelsea and assisted Olivier Giroud for the opening goal in a 3–0 win over Brighton. In doing so, he became the youngest player to assist a goal on his first start for the club in the Premier League era, aged 18 years and 146 days.[30] On 22 April 2019, Hudson-Odoi was removed in the first half of a match against Burnley with an injury to his Achilles tendon, ruling him out for the rest of the season.[31][32]

2019–20 season[edit]

Hudson-Odoi playing for Chelsea in 2019

In July 2019, after Frank Lampard was appointed as Chelsea head coach, Lampard said of Hudson-Odoi: "He can show, right here at Chelsea, the team he came through the academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player – because I truly believe that."[33] Following much speculation about Hudson-Odoi's future,[34][35] he signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea on 20 September 2019.[36][37] In October 2019 he said he had made the right choice in staying with the club,[38] and in November 2019 he said he was convinced to stay following a conversation with Lampard.[39]

International career[edit]

Eligible for both England and Ghana, Hudson-Odoi has represented England at every age group from under-16 to under-19 level. In April 2017, he was included in the squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[40] He scored in the semi-final against Turkey and again in the final, although England eventually lost to Spain on a penalty shoot-out.[41][42] His performances led to him being included in the team of the tournament.[43] Hudson-Odoi was also an influential figure during England's 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign, netting once in seven appearances and featuring for the entire 90 minutes during their 5–2 final victory over Spain.[44]

In March 2018, Hudson-Odoi scored for England under-18 in a match against Belarus.[45] In September 2018 he scored for the England under-19 team against Belgium.[46]

He was called-up by the England under-21 team for the first time in March 2019.[47] A few days later, following injury to some of the senior squad players, he was called up to Gareth Southgate's senior squad for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. Upon receiving his maiden call-up, Hudson-Odoi said he was "shocked" and described it as "a dream come true".[48][49] He made his debut on 22 March as a 70th-minute substitute in a 5–0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium.[50] Upon doing so, he became the youngest-ever player to make his debut in a competitive match for England, aged 18 years and 135 days, breaking the record set by Duncan Edwards in 1955 by 40 days.[51]

Three days later, he made his first competitive start for England and impressed in a 5–1 win over Montenegro, registering an assist for one of Chelsea teammate Ross Barkley's two goals. Upon making his full debut, he became the second youngest ever player to start a competitive match for England, after Wayne Rooney in April 2003, and following the match manager Gareth Southgate praised him for his application.[52][53]

On 11 October 2019, Hudson-Odoi made his England U-21 debut during a 2–2 draw against the Slovenia U-21s in Maribor.[54]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 November 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea U23 2017–18[55] 6[a] 4 6 4
Chelsea 2017–18[55] Premier League 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2018–19[56] Premier League 10 0 2 1 2 0 9[b] 4 1[c] 0 24 5
2019–20[57] Premier League 6 0 0 0 2 1 3[d] 0 0 0 11 1
Total 18 0 4 1 4 1 12 4 1 0 39 6
Career total 18 0 4 1 4 1 12 4 7 4 45 10
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 17 November 2019[58]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2019 3 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

Chelsea Youth

Chelsea

England U17

Individual

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