Callum Hudson-Odoi considering nationality switch after Black Stars World Cup Qualification

    Callum Hudson-Odoi is weighing up to switching international allegiance from England to Ghana after the Black Stars qualified for the 2022 World Cup, per The Times.

    The Black Stars qualified for the Mundial after they edged West African rivals Nigeria in a nail-biting World Cup play-off staged over two legs.

    Hudson-Odoi is reported to have watched the blockbuster clash on TV on Tuesday night as coach Otto Addo’s men advanced to the World Cup on away goal rule.

    The Black Stars are looking to beef up their squad and have approached Hudson-Odoi through former Newcastle and Brighton & Hove manager Chris Hughton.

    Hughton, who is currently employed as the technical advisor for the Black Stars, has already met with the father of Hudson-Odoi in a bid to convince the Chelsea star to play for Ghana.

    Hudson-Odoi has represented England at every youth level from U16 to U21 before making his first senior international appearance in 2019.

    He became the youngest-ever player to feature in a competitive fixture for the Three Lions at the age of 18 years and 135 days against Czech Republic at Wembley stadium.

    Three days later, he made his full debut in England’s 5-1 victory of Montenegro, a game he starred in, and registered an assist.

    However, the Chelsea winger is still eligible to play for another national team in full international level and Ghana are said to have started speaking with the Chelsea star over switching allegiance.

    Why is Callum Hudson-Odoi still eligible to play for Ghana?

    Under current FIFA rules, any players that have played three or fewer international games before the age of 21 are allowed to switch allegiances if they choose to.

    Born to Ghanaian parents, Hudson-Odoi has not earned a call-up to England’s senior national team since November 2019 and recently rejected an invitation to play for England U-21 side, the Young Lions. Hudson-Odoi has visited Ghana twice in the past eight months, where he met Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and other dignitaries to elaborate on how to “improve football infrastructure and opportunities for children and young people” in the nation.



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