Remember The Name Callum Hudson-Odoi
Born in London on November 7th 2000. Callum Hudson-Odoi grew up as part of the football family, his father Bismarck Odoi played in Ghana for Accra Hearts of Oak before becoming his son’s agent while his older brother Bradley was already playing at Fulham’s Academy when Callum Hudson-Odoi was born. He now plays non-league football but also advises his younger brother wherever he can.
Hudson-Odoi joined the Chelsea Academy at the age of 8 and it was clear from an early age he was gifted with natural talent. At age 11 he joined Whitgift School in Croydon a prestigious sports specialist school, the school is famous for producing excellent talent with Victor Moses and Bertrand Traore also going to play for Chelsea FC after leaving Whitgift. While also focusing on studying Callum Hudson-Odoi continued to develop as a footballer. He helped them to win two independent school national titles in 3 years.
While at Whitgift and still returns to the school now to visit pupils and catch up with friends. He left with Whitgift School at the age of 14 to train full-time with Chelsea’s Academy where he continued to turn heads he was always keen to challenge against older players. He was good enough to play in the Chelsea U16 team when he was 14 scoring more than 40 goals.
That led to international attention Callum Hudson-Odoi was eligible to present Ghana and England but chose to play for England. On August 19th 2015 he made his international debut for England’s U16 in a 3:3 draw against USA. One year and one day later on August 22th 2016 Callum Hudson-Odoi made his first appearance for Chelsea’s U18 aged just 15 coming off the bench to grab an assist in a 3:2 loss at Southampton.
On September 30th 2016 he scored his first England goal doing so for the U17 and a 3:0 win over Greece, over the course of the 2016/2017 season Hudson-Odoi made himself a regular in the team. Despite his young age he helped the Chelsea U18 side to win a domestic treble of League and Cup successes scoring 8 goals and assisting 11 more in 25 appearances. Which included a memorable goal in 2017 FA Youth Cup final as Chelsea’s U18 beat Man City 5:1 to claim the fourth title in a row.
Two days after Callum Hudson-Odoi was named in the England U17 squad for the the 2017 UEFA U17 Championships in Croatia. He played in every game of the tournament playing alongside Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden as England went all the way to the final. Hudson-Odoi recorded two assists and scored three times including the opening goal in the final.
Which England lost to Spain on penalties. The end of the competition he was named in UEFA Team of the tournament. Hudson Callum-Odoi was then promoted to Chelsea’s U23 squad despite still being just 16. Making his debut against Man City U23 on August the 11th 2017. Four days later he played 90 minutes for Chelsea’s u23 away at Plymouth in the EFL Trophy.
Despite being just 16 and playing against first-team players he scored twice. He went on to score two more goals added three assists in the EFL season that season as Chelsea’s U23 reached semi-final. In October 2017 Callum Hudson-Odoi was back with the England U17 squad for the 2017 FIFA u17 World Cup in India. He played in every game at the tournament scoring in the opening win against Chile. As England went all the way to the final where they would face Spain yet again.
This time England prevailed coming from 2:0 down to win 5:2. Callum Hudson-Odoi picking up two assists for Phil Foden goals as England were crowned U17 World Champions for the first time. On December 20th 2017 Hudson-Odoi was called up to the Chelsea first-team squad for the first time. But was an unused substitute in the EFL Cup. A month later though he made his first-team debut coming off the bench in a 3:0 FA Cup win over Newcastle United on January 28th 2018.
Three days later he made his Premier League debut coming off the bench but this time in a shock 3:0 home loss to Bournemouth. He then returned to the U18 team for their FA Youth Cup campaign as they went on to lift the trophy for the fifth year in a row. Hudson-Odoi scored 8 goals and picked up 1 assist playing 90 minutes in all six games on the way to lifting the trophy.
Again ahead of the 2018/2019 season new Chelsea manager Sarri announced, he would be part of the first team for the season. That came after Hudson-Odoi took Hector Bellerin apart in a pre-season clash against Arsenal London in Dublin on August 1st 2018. He was handed the number 20 shirt for the season and on August 5th 2018 he made his first start for Chelsea in the Community Shield Cup loss to Man City.
On November 29th 2018 he scored his first senior goal for Chelsea also grabbing an assist in a 4:0 win against PAOK Salonika in the EURO League. His incredible rise to first-team football aged just 18 led FC Bayern Munich to circle, they put in four transfer bids for the youngster. In the January transfer window escalating to $45 million with Chelsea rejecting them all.
On January 26th 2019 it was reported that Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request at Chelsea. Which was also rejected by the club, the next day he scored against Sheffield United Wednesday in a 3:0 FA Cup win with Sarri later saying he would be staying. On March 14th 2019 Callum Hudson-Odoi was called-up to the England U21 squad for the first time.
However due to players were throwing from the senior side. Gareth Southgate then promoted him to the England first team. On 22nd March 2019 he made his England debut coming on a 5:0 win against Czech Republic at Wembley and forcing an own goal. Upon doing so Hudson-Odoi is the youngest player to make his debut in a competitive match for England at the age of 18 years and 135 days.
He made his first England start just 3 days later playing 90 minutes and picking up an assist in 5:1 win at Montenegro. On April 3rd 2019 Callum Odson-Odoi finally made his first Premier League start for Chelsea. He assisted the opening goal in a 3:2 win Brighton becoming the youngest player to assist a Premier League goal during the 2018/2019 season.
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