Callum Hudson-Odoi dazzles in the limelight on fearless first start

The Chelsea teenager was unplayable at times against Montenegro – England have yet another gem on their hands

There was a period of this contest when Callum Hudson-Odoi was unplayable. Panicked Montenegrin defenders crumpled to the turf as he swerved beyond them at pace, the winger leaving a trail of markers floored in his wake. This was his stage, that jaw-dropping spell at the start of the second half seized as an opportunity to showcase lavish talent. It is baffling to contemplate that this was a player yet to make a Premier League start.

No wonder he is coveted by Bayern Munich and no wonder Chelsea are so eager to retain his services, their contract offer likely to be improved in the months ahead as they try to convince him to commit. Three times the full debutant had darted away from Filip Stojkovic or left Adam Marusic or Mirko Ivanic dazed and confused. Twice he picked out Raheem Sterling at the far post with pinpoint accuracy, stretching opponents whose early lead had been such a deception. He darted infield himself on the third occasion, feigning to shoot to tip defenders off balance and eke out that extra yard of space, before skimming away a shot which Danijel Petkovic did well to turn behind for a corner.

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