Confidence growing for England youngsters

Callum Hudson-Odoi will hope to be involved as England play their second game at the Under-17 World Cup in India this afternoon (kick-off 12.30pm, UK time) and the youngster has been speaking about the quality within the squad, as well as his own role.

Hudson-Odoi was on target for England in their opening game at the competition, a 4-0 win over Chile on Sunday.

‘We put in a solid performance,’ he said. ‘The early goal at the beginning helped us a lot, as it meant that Chile had to open up and take more risks. We kept pressing forward, regardless of the score – that’s the way we play.’

Next up for England is this afternoon’s fixture against Mexico.

‘We’ve analysed them in depth and we know what to expect,’ added the Chelsea attacker.

‘Regardless of whom we’re up against though, we’re not going to change the way we play.’

Hudson-Odoi, who is one of five Chelsea players in the England squad, went on to talk about where he enjoys playing, and explained why he believes England can go all the way and win the tournament.

‘Left, right, in the middle… I really don’t mind,’ he said. ‘If I had to choose, I would say in the centre as you get more of the ball, and you can then decide where you want to go with it.

‘We have a good team, and not just 11 good players. Our squad has real depth, and that could turn out to be an advantage.’