Hudson-Odoi longs for Sancho reunion, Defoe’s West Ham regrets and more


Hudson-Odoi wants to see Sancho at Stamford Bridge

Hudson-Odoi is eager to see his national team buddy Sancho at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea has been mooted as Sancho's summer destination. Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi says he would love to reunite with his England team-mate Sancho on a club level, stating that he should make the move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Jadon Sancho has grown into one of Europe's hottest prospects this year, with his incredible performances at Borussia Dortmund attracting the attention from some of the world's biggest clubs. Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid have been mentioned as potential destinations for the England winger.

His return of 17 goals and 19 assists for BVB this season has certainly put him on top of many transfer shortlists. His team-mate Hudson-Odoi is hoping that Sancho will choose Chelsea as his next destination.

"I am very close with Sancho, we speak every day to see how we are doing and I enjoy a pretty good relationship with him. We've played together for England so I enjoy playing with him, and he's obviously enjoying a great season, he's an amazing player. I'd love for him to join Chelsea, that would be incredible!"

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Defoe regrets forcing Hammers exit in 2003

Defoe admits he made a mistake in trying to force a move away from West Ham in 2003
Jermaine Defoe rose through the youth ranks at West Ham. Copyright: imago images / PA Images

The experienced veteran described himself as 'naive' for trying to force a move away from West Ham following their PL relegation in 2003.

Jermaine Defoe revealed that he still regrets the decision to force through an exit from West Ham, labeling his actions as a 'massive regret'.

Defoe began his career at West Ham and quickly managed to establish himself as a fixture in the attack. Following the club's slip down the table in 2002-03, they were relegated on the final matchday. Defoe immediately handed in a transfer request, which was subsequently rejected, but he was heavily criticized by fans and experts for his lack of loyalty.

He apologised shortly after, but still went on to join local rivals Tottenham after a lackluster showing in the Championship. "Looking back, I know I was too rash and I made the wrong decision. Young players should never ask to leave so soon. But, I listened to my agent and had to face all the backlash that soon followed," Defoe explained to Sky Sports.

The former England striker is now plying his trade in Scotland, having joined Rangers on a loan deal from Bournemouth in 2019. He hasn't slowed down one bit, having scored 21 goals in 37 league appearances for The Gers.

'He needs to throw in Grealish and Maddison' - Ashton's message to Southgate

Dean Ashton offers advice to Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate has rejuvenated the England squad. Copyright: imago images / Focus Images

The former West Ham attacker believes the Three Lions have made significant progress since Southgate was first appointed and had a few pieces of advice for him.

Dean Ashton has lauded England manager Gareth Southgate for placing a lot of faith in the country's youngsters and credited him for instilling belief in the players as they now know they will get a chance with the senior team, provided they perform well.

"I think Gareth has been a breath of fresh air for the English FA and the English setup, to be perfectly honest. He has gone and changed the whole structure and perhaps that has something to do with him coaching through the younger categories," he told Goal.

"The national team feli like a closed shop before he came in. Consistent performances in the Premier League were never really rewarded with a call-up and players were beginning to lose interest and belief."

Do you agree with Ashton's assessment?

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