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Chelsea boss Tuchel: You need to ask Hudson-Odoi about England U21 call

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says Callum Hudson-Odoi has his support after refusing a call to the England U21 squad.

Hudson-Odoi was criticised by senior England coach Gareth Southgate for the decision.

Tuchel said, "I did not get involved into this discussion. It was between the federation and Callum and then it ended up with Petr Cech being involved as well so I was happy about that. I had no interest to get involved or know the exact reasons.

"I can understand if people don't understand it or if they don't like it. Callum is aware when he takes a decision like this that not everybody will be happy but you should ask him about it.

"He probably has good reasons why he thinks in this moment it's better for him personally to stay here and fight for his place. It's easy to judge from outside but we should hear both sides.

"He is clearly on the right way. You can see it in the matches and how effective he is. I feel him very focused. He waited a long time for these chances and now they have arrived, the best reaction from him is to keep on going and show the consistency that we need from him."


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