Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi had a truly remarkable debut for England this week.
It really couldn’t have happened any quicker for him. His first callup to the England U23s was quickly superceded as the winger got upgraded again to the senior team.
Then came a sub appearance on Friday, and a first team game last night. What had persuaded Gareth Southgate to give the new kid a start? According to Ross Barkley, it was all to do with his performance in training:
“From minute one in the training sessions while he has been here he was top drawer,” Barkley raved about his club teammate.
“A few of the lads have been saying how good he looks,” he went on.
It wasn’t just in training that he was doing well. Coming on as a sub at the weekend, he picked up an assist when his shit rebounded back into the danger zone.
Then, again, last night, he picked up an assist for Barkley himself – no wonder he is so impressed.
Surely now, with international and club teammates taking notice, and well as Gareth Southgate, it’s time for Maurizio Sarri to wonder whether he’s behind the times with his decision to never really trust CHO in a big game.
We’ve got some easier fixtures coming up – he will surely see time off the bench in those, and can hopefully force his way into the first team at last.