Hudson-Odoi not ruling out Ghana switch


Callum Hudson-Odoi is not ruling out the position of switching his international allegiance.

The winger was born in England to Ghanaian parents, but he opted to represent the Three Lions instead of the Black Stars of Ghana.

Odoi has been snubbed by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming European Championship which has resulted in a lot of speculation about his future with the England national team.

As per the current Fifa rules, the winger is allowed to make a switch to Ghana provided he has not played more than three senior matches for England and all the games had come before he turned 21.

In addition to that, a player can only make an application three years after his last appearance for the nation he wishes to change from. This means Odoi can only switch to Ghana next year November – just before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Speaking at a local indoor event in Ghana, the 20-year-old said there is no certainty about the future, but he wouldn’t completely rule out playing for the country of his parents one day.

“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.

“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.”

His father Bismark played for Hearts of Oak during his footballing days and his brother Bradley represented Ghana at U20 level.

The attacker is currently on holiday in Ghana with his family. He recently won the Uefa Champions League with Chelsea who beat Manchester City in the final just over a week ago.

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BY FARPost reporter

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