MAURIZIO SARRI looks likely to leave Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench for Chelsea’s game with Cardiff this weekend – despite a superb start to his England career.
The Blues boss has hinted the flying winger, 18, will not start after being less than impressed by his work on the right flank for the Three Lions.
Hudson-Odoi started the 5-1 win against Montenegro and was in terrifying form after swapping the right wing for the left.
On the youngster’s superb fortnight with the England team, Sarri revealed he barely saw him, but was mostly unimpressed.
The Italian revealed: “I only watched 20 minutes [of Hudson-Odoi]. I had 14 players in the national teams so I had no time to watch 20 matches.
“I saw the English national team for only 20-25 mins. Cal didn’t start very well for 20 mins on the right, he did well on the left.”
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The suggestion from Sarri means he is likely to persist with Pedro or Willian on the right wing, with Eden Hazard on the left and Gonzalo Higuain occupying the centre-forward role.
Jorginho is likely to keep N’Golo Kante out of his favoured central defensive midfield role and should continue on the right of a midfield three.
Despite his sensational two weeks with England, Ross Barkley is expected to miss out at the expense of Mateo Kovacic.
Marcos Alonso could regain his spot at left-back but will face competition from Emerson – who has featured more often than not lately.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz are all-but certainties to start the game in South Wales.
However, Andreas Christensen will be hoping to pip Luiz to the spot alongside the rock-solid Rudiger.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu and Davide Zappacosta are all likely to make the squad, but are minor injury concerns for the moment.