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Callum Hudson-Odoi makes England decision after slipping down Chelsea pecking order

Callum Hudson-Odoi is not expected to be part of the England Under-21 squad named by head coach Lee Carsley tomorrow morning.

The Chelsea player turned down a call up for the last break, citing a determination to focus on getting into Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI, and there has been no change in his stance since.

Hudson-Odoi has made only one Premier League appearance so far this season, although he appeared off the bench in last night’s Champions League defeat away to Juventus, and wants his sole focus to be on winning a more regular place in the club side. His likely unavailability is not linked to reports that he is considering representing Ghana.

Carsley would like to have the winger involved but the group he will name for European Championship away to Slovenia and Andorra will include a healthy amount of Premier League experience.

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe is set to be involved having missed the win against Kosovo in early September due to illness. Senior manager Gareth Southgate said he was not far off being part of his plans in a press conference earlier today.

Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi has been named as the team’s captain for the qualification campaign and midfielder Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, will also be included in addition to Tottenham Hotspur’s Oliver Skipp.

When Hudson-Odoi made his initial decision last month, Carsley said that the door would remain open for him going forward.

“Callum is a player that we really like,” the former Everton midfielder said. “I’ve had some really good conversations with him and his advisor and Callum felt that it wasn’t the right time for him at the minute to come with England.

“He’s stayed back at Chelsea to work on his development there. I respected that decision and that was it really.”

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