Chelsea FC winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has refuted claims that he has snubbed England.
Odoi's international future has been a subject of speculation after it emerged that he wants to play for Ghana; the rumors grew strong after he decided to train with Chelsea rather than play for England Under 21s last year.
But in a candid interview with the Daily Mail, the winger said: "I didn't go to England because I thought I was bigger than they or I was being big time or anything like that.
"It was just me trying to get back into the team in Chelsea and focusing on club football as much as possible: to be a regular player, an option to always play and be involved. People thought: 'Oh, he's being big time or arrogant'. Or he's being somebody he shouldn't be. I'm not that person at all.
"I'm not big time. I'm not cocky. I'm very humble. I'm very relaxed. I was always thinking to myself: 'What's best for me at this moment? For me, it was more of a fact that I wanted to stay back and try to get into the team and work as much as possible and show the manager what I'm capable of.
"I was like: 'Sit back, don't make a scene, don't make any problems with England'. I'm good with all the coaches there. I have no problems with any of them. If it [an Under 21 call-up] came again, who knows?"
Odoi has been a consistent figure under Thomas Tuchel and will hope that he can get the nod by Gareth Southgate ahead of the 2022 World Cup.