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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi reveals key advice Man City’s Raheem Sterling has passed on to him

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Callum Hudson-Odoi is looking to learn from his England team-mate (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he tries to make the most of international duty with England by tapping up Manchester City superstar Raheem Sterling for advice.

Hudson-Odoi returned to action for the Blues last month after an Achilles tendon injury kept him out of action since April, starting in the 4-1 win at Southampton on Sunday.

The 18-year-old already has two caps for England, but as he returns to full match fitness he has been included in the under-21 squad rather than the senior team over the current international break.

Despite not linking up with Sterling as England prepare to face Czech Republic and Bulgaria, the teenager says he still talks to the former Liverpool man, who he rates as one of the best players on the planet.

‘I’d say he is one of the best wingers in the world right now,’ said Hudson Odoi of Sterling.

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‘When I watch him play it’s an amazing feeling because he likes to help and contribute to the team as much as possible.

‘I look at him as a player and say if I can be like that, get the goals he’s getting and the way he’s playing for the team, it could be amazing, not just for me but the team as well.

‘When I have the opportunity, I do speak to Raheem. I ask him, “How do you get all the goals you are getting, how do you work for the team, how do you impact in big games?”

Raheem Sterling is helping out his younger England team-mates (Picture: Visionhaus)

‘He gives you the best advice possible. He’ll tell me to keep working hard, he’ll tell me how to get the goals, how to get the assists.

‘For a person like that to help you, it’s an amazing feeling. Obviously, he’s in a different team so he doesn’t have to do that. But he does because he wants everyone to do well.

‘But a player like him, it’s a massive thing to know he’s in the national team and I can chat to him and say what’s good and what’s not good. It’s an amazing feeling.’

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard backed Sterling as an ideal role model for Hudson-Odoi, saying last month: ‘I don’t like to talk about other club’s players but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent, whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication, has seen him become a complete player, who we are all wowed by.

‘He is a great model for Callum because Callum has those talents. I want him to be the absolute best because he has the potential to do that and some of it is about hard truths and I saw some hard truths in the game the other day – ways that he can improve.

‘He needs to listen to them and he will. Then he can be that player for us.’

The England senior team take on Czech Republic in Prague on Friday before traveling to face Bulgaria on Monday, while Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21 side go to Slovenia on Friday and host Austria on Tuesday.

Hudson-Odoi will be hoping to be back in Gareth Southgate’s set-up when the Three Lions host Montenegro and travel to Kosovo next month.

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