May 24, 2024

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘considering’ switching international allegiance from England

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Callum Hudson-Odoi is weighing up a switch of allegiances from England to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Chelsea winger has three international caps for England and is still weighing up international interest from Ghana, with the country’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup potentially offering him an opportunity to play in this year’s tournament.

The 21-year-old was part of the victorious England under-17 team which won the World Cup in 2017, and has played for the Three Lions right up to senior level. 

However, the last of his three caps under Gareth Southgate came against Kosovo in 2019, and he wasn’t part of the squad for Euro 2020.

Under FIFA rules, the youngster is still permitted to switch allegiances, and Ghana have explored the possibility. 

Indeed, Callum Hudson-Odoi himself has spoken on the matter before, and the a World Cup place could be enough to make the difference.

According to Goal, Hudson-Odoi is very much “considering” a switch, with all three of his England caps coming when he was still a teenager. 

The Chelsea player’s father, Bismark Odoi, is a Ghanaian ex-pro who spent much of his career with the Accra-based team Hearts of Oak.

FIFA’s rules changed in 2020, allowing footballers to switch allegiances providing they had played no more than three competitive international games before the age of 21. 

Hudson-Odoi could become the second England international to switch allegiances since the 2020 rule change, after Steven Caulker represented Sierra Leone at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“I don’t know,” was Hudson-Odoi’s response when asked about a nationality change earlier in 2022, as reported by the Evening Standard.

 “At the end of the day, we will wait until that time comes.”

Ghana already have several Premier League representatives in their squad, including Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew and Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey. 

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