Callum Hudson-Odoi’s snub of England U21 helps Chelsea, but may face the consequences, says Thomas Tuchel | Football news

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Thomas Tuchel believes that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s decision to turn down a call-up to the England U21 team is a boost for Chelsea, but warned to the extreme that he could face consequences for his choice.

Gareth Southgate revealed on Thursday that Hudson-Odoi had decided to stay in Chelsea during the next international break to focus on “betting a case” to stay in the Blues first team.

The England manager questioned Hudson-Odoi’s decision, saying “he has a better chance of impressing us if he’s also with the U21, frankly,” but Tuchel believes England’s defeat could be Chelsea’s gain.

He said: “I didn’t get involved in this discussion. I know it was a discussion between the federation and Callum, and I think it ended with Petr Cech.” [Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor] be in the discussion.

“I was happy about it – I had no interest in getting involved and knowing the exact reasons why.

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Gareth Southgate said he thinks Hudson-Odoi would be better off accepting a call-up from England U21 rather than staying at Chelsea during the international break.

“If Callum is here, we are in full control of what he’s doing. It’s a good thing when we’re in charge.

“He’s clearly on the right track, you can see in the games and how effective he is. I feel like he’s very focused. He waited a long time for these opportunities and now they have come.”

“The best reaction from him is to go ahead and show the consistency we need from him.”

Hudson-Odoi has made his way to Chelsea’s side in recent weeks following injuries from other attacking players, and rewarded Tuchel’s faith in him with a goal in Norwich’s 7-0 rout and an assist in the win. 1-0 in Malmo on Tuesday. .

But while the 20-year-old may be receiving a price for his club-level performances, Tuchel warned that he may have to accept some criticism for his decision to turn down an international call-up.

“I can understand if people don’t understand it or if they don’t like it,” said the Chelsea manager. “I do not give too much to the judgments of outside.

“I think Callum is very aware that if he makes a decision like this, not everyone will be happy.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel (PA)
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Thomas Tuchel says Hudson-Odoi may have to take some criticism for his decision

“You should ask Callum about it. He probably has good reasons why he thinks right now, for him personally, it’s better to stay and fight for his place. It’s easy to judge from the outside, but you have to listen to both sides.

“If there are consequences, I’m sure Callum takes the consequences.”

Although Hudson-Odoi will not join England’s Under-21 team for this month’s international break, his Chelsea teammate Mason Mount has been included in Southgate’s plans for senior team matches against Albania and San Marino.

However, the midfielder was forced to miss the Blues’ last two games due to a wisdom tooth infection and, although he is available for Saturday’s visit to Burnley, Tuchel revealed that the problem could force Mount to withdraw. of the team for the World Cup in England. qualifiers.

“It’s complicated,” he said. “He was sick, but the reason is his wisdom teeth. It’s a small infection.

“He went back to training yesterday and today. He lost a little weight because he can’t eat well. He takes medicine, so let’s see.

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Mason Mount has been unable to eat properly due to his wisdom tooth problem, says Tuchel

“He is in tomorrow’s call-up and he can play for a few minutes, but we will have to wait for the reaction because it seems that an adequate treatment must be done.”

“I hope he [join the England squad] yes all is well but we need proper treatment of wisdom teeth. So it may be that he is out or he joins a bit later.

“We will always push and encourage him, there is no question. We are proud when he is selected, and he is proud, so there are no closed-door tactics.

“But we have full responsibility for his health and there is something we must take care of.”

Although Mount is in a position to return to the Chelsea squad for Burnley’s match, they will again be without Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mateo Kovacic due to injury, while Tuchel said Marcos Alonso will also miss the game after suffering an injury problem. ankle in Malmo.

Tuchel: It’s not hard to see Gallagher’s progress

Unlike Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher has accepted a call-up for England’s Under-21 team after a series of impressive performances for Crystal Palace.

Conor Gallagher celebrates the second goal of the match for Crystal Palace
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Conor Gallagher joined Crystal Palace on a one-season loan deal from Chelsea in the summer

The 21-year-old’s latest effort saw him score in Palace’s stunning 2-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City on October 30, and Tuchel says he is aware of the graduate’s progress from Chelsea’s academy in South London.

“Well, it’s not difficult to follow because it stands out every day,” Tuchel said. “We had long talks in preseason and we imagine that he stays and fights for his place here.

“We all decided together when the talks with Patrick Vieira to go to Crystal Palace came up, and once he understood the role he could play at the club, he wanted to accept the challenge.

“You need a little luck and of course a little quality, but his heart is so, so big. He loves soccer. You could wake him up at 4 in the morning and he’ll start running.”

“But this is the beginning of November and he is an important member of the Crystal Palace team. He is fine where he is and there is no need to change this. We are happy that he feels so good.”

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