Callum Hudson-Odoi set for first England start against Montenegro on Monday night


Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to make his first start for England against Montenegro on Monday night. 

The 18-year-old is yet to make a Premier League start for Chelsea but impressed during his international debut at Wembley when he came off the bench against the Czech Republic. 

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate made it clear that the youngster doesn't need experience to be considering in his starting XI - saying that the match would be a good chance for him to improve.

"No hesitation," the England boss said when asked if he would play Jadon Sancho or Hudson-Odoi in a tough environment against Montenegro. 

"This is part of their education and to be a top team you have to adapt to every environment you go into.

"Friday at Wembley is a different sort of experience to going away from home in a qualifier which is always difficult wherever I’ve travelled. 

"The only way they can learn and improve is to go through these experiences."

According to Sky Sources, Hudson-Odoi will make his first start tonight. 

The teenager has really impressed during rare appearances for his club this season but often only features from the bench for Maurizio Sarri's team. 

He's played eight times in the Europa League and despite only starting four of those matches, the forward has four goals and two assists to his name. That's not bad at all.

It seems that some of Europe's other top clubs can see his potential, with reports suggesting that teams including Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are all interested. 


Southgate clearly shares the view of his potential suitors and is set to hand Hudson-Odoi his first international start. 

At the age of 18, he's the seventh youngest player in England history. 

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