Callum Hudson-Odoi shocked after maiden England call-up

Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi has admitted that he was shocked after earning his maiden call-up to the England national side. The under-17 World Cup winner has yet to make his Premier League debut for the Blues but he has still managed to make Gareth Southgate’s side after impressing with the limited game time in the Cup competitions.

Speaking to reporters, the 18-year-old acknowledged that the announcement came as a shock for him and initially considered the same as a joke from Under 21s boss Aidy Boothroyd, he said: “It’s been a crazy day but getting my first (senior) international call-up is an amazing feeling. Today has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the U21s and then getting told that I have to come over here to St George’s Park. It’s been a crazy experience but I’m delighted to get the call and it’s a nice feeling to be here as well. I thought the manager was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted. It’s a dream come true.”
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Belgium can win next World Cup

Former Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry believes that the Belgium national team can win the next World Cup in 2022. He said that the team has been really good at the last World Cup in Russia and that there is no reason why they cannot build on that.

The former Arsenal player believes that this is a golden generation for the Belgians and that they will want to make the most out of it. He said that there are some young players that were at their first World Cup and that they will want to use this experience for the next major tournaments.
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Qatar will be ready for World Cup

The sports minister for Qatar said that the county will be ready for the World Cup in 2022. He said that the infrastructure work is currently on schedule and that he is certain that they will be completed ahead of schedule.

He said that the organization of the 2022 World Cup is an important objective for Qatar and that they want to prove to the world that they can organize such a competition.
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FIFA AND FRANCE SIGN TO DEVELOP FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN FOOTBALL

World soccer governing body FIFA and the French Football Federation (FFF) have signed an agreement aimed at developing the game in francophone African nations, as per reports. The pact is expected to contribute to the FIFA Forward program in terms of technical support.

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is excited at another first for FIFA, hoping other nations follow suit. He is content with the work of the FFF at developing other member nations. Infantino reminded others that this is in line with the essence of FIFA in the past: offering global support.
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Luiz Felipe Scolari confirms Colombia have approached him

Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has acknowledged that Colombia have approached to sign him as their next head coach. The 70-year-old recently guided Palmeiras to the Brazilian top-flight title and he now appears to have been offered the chance to return to the international fray with Colombia, who parted ways with manager Jose Pekerman following their second round exit at the World Cup.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Scolari confirmed that there is indeed interest from the South American heavyweights but he has yet to make the mind up regarding the vacancy, he said:“There has been an approach, yes [by Colombia. It is a role which, now that the season is over, we can think about more clearly. Over the past 20, 25 years, I have spent 80 percent of my time outside Brazil. So I need to think about certain family aspects. I also have another family: the Palmeiras family. The way in which they respected me, received me, the connection between Palmeiras fans, I need to think.”
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