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18.09.2021 Football News

England and Chelsea attacker Husdon-Odoi close to switching nationality to play for Ghana - Reports

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
England and Chelsea attacker Husdon-Odoi close to switching nationality to play for Ghana - Reports
LISTEN SEP 18, 2021

England and Chelsea star, youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, is close to switching nationality to play for Ghana as coach Gareth Southgate is growing resigned to the possibility of losing the talented player, the Daily Mail has reported.

Hudson Odoi turned down an invitation to play for England Under 21 team in the European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Kosovo earlier in the month.

The 20-year-old's reluctance to play for the European country's youth side has sparked concerns by the England boss Southgate that the Blues youngster is on verge of switching nationality to play for Ghana.

Hudson-Odoi parents are Ghanaians and his father played for the country and Ghanaian champions Accra Hearts of Oak for several years before he retired from his playing career.

This means the Chelsea player holds dual nationality and, according to FIFA rules, he is able to switch nationality to play for the West African country that is keen on reviving itself.

That is because since he hasn't played for England in the finals of major tournaments and his senior competitive appearances occurred before he turns 21, the tricky winger can apply to play switch and play for the Black Stars.

The Chelsea academy graduate has not ruled out the potential of playing for Ghana in the past when he was asked about the chance of snubbing England to play for the Black Stars, insisting the West African country to is 'home'.

"I think obviously when you’re young, you have the opportunity to play for England throughout all the years, from under 15 to under 16 all the way up," Hudson-Odoi said when he was asked about the chance of playing for Ghana.

“When they obviously gave me the opportunity to come I was in the country already.

“It’s something that I already had in my mind, set on already playing for England.

“So it was the thing obviously choosing Ghana or England, and at the end of the day, I said I always had the right people around me who always advise me – what’s right, what’s wrong. England came and I said 'Yeah, let me go and play for my country.

“But I said Ghana is my home as well, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know, so.”

However, Hudson-Odoi will have to wait until November 2022 in order to play for Ghana which is three years since his last appearance for England.

Considering that timing, he would secure his nationality switch papers from FIFA in time to play for the Black Stars for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 20-year-old is frustrated by the England FA's consistent snubbing and being dropped to the Under-21s of the Europeans.

He became the youngest person to ever make a match-day appearance for England in the European Championship qualifier against Czech Republic two years back.

His three caps came in European qualifiers against the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo, the last of which was all the way back in November 2019.

At club level, Hudson-Odoi has managed just two appearances so far this season for Chelsea and saw a deadline day loan switch to Borussia Dortmund rejected, with Thomas Tuchel adamant that he wanted to keep the youngster as a squad rotation piece.

Hudson-Odoi has a strong connection to Ghana and visited Accra during the summer, where the team met Ghana president Nana Akufo Addo, the minister of sports Mustapha Ussif as well as Ghana FA coach Kurt Okraku.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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