England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd provides Callum Hudson-Odoi and Emile Smith Rowe injury update

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi looks on during England U21s' clash with Switzerland
Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to Chelsea after suffering a shoulder injury (Picture: Getty)

England Under-21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to Chelsea due to an injury, while Emile Smith Rowe is a major doubt for the side’s clash with Croatia.

Boothroyd’s men have endured a miserable start to their European Championships campaign and sit bottom of Group D after suffering defeat in their two opening matches with Switzerland and Portugal.

It’s been disappointment after disappointment for England – whose hopes of progressing now hang by a thread – and Hudson-Odoi’s setback has just added to the Young Lions’ woes.

The Chelsea forward picked up the injury while training on Monday and will play no further part in the tournament after flying back to London.

Portugal v England - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Arsenal’s Smith Rowe is a doubt for England’s clash with Croatia (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal attacking midfielder Smith Rowe is also struggling for fitness and could miss Wednesday’s crunch match with Croatia at Slovenia’s Bonifika Stadium.

‘Callum is definitely out and he has gone back to his club, Emile Smith-Rowe is also very doubtful,’ Boothroyd told reporters on Tuesday.

England could still book their place in the knockout phase of the tournament if they beat Croatia by two goals on and Switzerland lose to Portugal.

The team are yet to register a single shot on target in either of their opening games and Boothroyd is expected to step down in the summer, with Frank Lampard on England’s shortlist of possible replacements.

‘I know the senior job has been called the impossible job, but the U21s job is the utterly impossible job,’ Boothroyd added.

Portugal sit top of Group D with a 100 per cent record after their victories over Croatia and England.

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