Gareth Southgate has chosen not to select Sterling for Thursday’s clash at Wembley after the Manchester City midfielder was involved in an altercation with Liverpool FC star Gomez at the national team’s St George’s Park training base on Monday.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Southgate likened his squad to a family and insisted that they are all united.
Chelsea FC star Hudson-Odoi has now opened up about Sterling and has underlined his importance to him and the rest of the England squad.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Sky Sports, Hudson-Odoi said: “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.
“It’s 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.
“Raheem’s a very nice guy, very encouraging, very positive about everything he does. When I first came in, I didn’t expect him to be so nice.
“Of course, he’s a nice person but when you see somebody always welcoming you, just talking to you, giving you advice on how he plays and just being around you a lot, it makes you feel so welcome in the team.”
Hudson-Odoi has been in good form for Chelsea FC so far this season in Frank Lampard’s young team.
Having just recovered from an Achilles injury, the 18-year-old has made four assists in 11 games in all competitions for the west London club.
Hudson-Odoi could be set to come up against Sterling when Chelsea FC return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Manchester City.
Chelsea FC are currently in third place in the Premier League table and eight points behind Liverpool FC.
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