Callum Hudson-Odoi calls Raheem Sterling an 'idol' and England's leader

Raheem Sterling may have been dropped for England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday following a clash with teammate Joe Gomez, but for winger Callum Hudson-Odoi he remains a leader for the Three Lions and an idol.

England manager Gareth Southgate axed Sterling for Thursday's game after an incident in the canteen at their St. George's Park training facility on Monday.

The pair had squared off at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday where Sterling's Manchester City were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool, with Gomez coming on as a late substitute in the top-of-the-table battle.

Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi, does not doubt Sterling's importance to him and the rest of the squad.

"Someone like Raheem is like an idol to me. The position he plays, and what he's doing for club and country, is an amazing thing, which I will try to replicate myself," said the 19-year-old.

"It is an amazing feeling to have someone like him doing what he's doing and being around you every time. I want to keep learning off what he does. He is a nice person to be around, very positive."

Hudson-Odoi broke into the Chelsea first team last season and quickly earned an England debut against the Czech Republic at Wembley in March -- coming on as a substitute for Sterling after the City forward had scored a hat trick.

Callum Hudson-Odoi also added:
"For someone like him, he's a big leader in the team because he's a very top player, he's in club and country playing every game, working really hard, scoring a lot of goals."

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