Under-21 Hudson-Odoi call “part of rehab” – Boothroyd

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says it was an easy decision to stay.

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd accepts that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s recall to the squad is only ever going to be temporary.

The winger has only just recovered from a serious Achilles injury he picked up towards the back end of last season during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley.

It was a blow for the 18-year-old whose rapid ascent into the Chelsea first team was recognised by Gareth Southgate in March as he was handed a senior call up to the Three Lions side.

He debuted against the Czech Republic then a few days later he was given a start in the thrashing of Montenegro, impressing as he set up team-mate Ross Barkley for one of his goals.

Hudson-Odoi made his long-awaited comeback for the Blues as they beat Grimsby 7-1 in the Carabao Cup last month and marked the occasion with a goal.

He has made three further appearances since then and has now re-joined Boothroyd’s squad for their games against Slovenia and Austria.

Boothroyd says it is nice to have him in the party but concedes he is only there to help with his recovery to full fitness.

“Callum has done very well. He’s only at the start of his career and had a difficult injury,” he said.

”We’re almost part of his rehab really, to get him back to that place where he can challenge for a senior place.”