Can Callum Hudson-Odoi Still Play Ghana Black Stars?
Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi is still weighing up switch from England to Ghana – despite winning three caps for the Three Lions – after winger turned down a call-up by Gareth Southgate back in November.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has declined to rule out a switch of international allegiance from England to Ghana.
The Chelsea winger, 21, has three caps for England with the latest of those coming in the European Championship qualifier in Kosovo in November 2019.
In August last year, Hudson-Odoi turned down the opportunity to play for England’s under-21 side for internationals against Romania and Kosovo.
And he risked damaging his relationship with the Three Lions further when he turned down a call-up by Gareth Southgate for the matches against Albania and San Marino in November.
Hudson-Odoi is still eligible to play for Ghana because he holds dual nationality and all three of his England caps were won before the age of 21.
As long as he does not add to those three caps, he can apply to represent Ghana later this year under FIFA rules as it will be three years since his last England outings.
Addressing the prospect of a switch after Chelsea’s FIFA Club World Cup triumph in Abu Dhabi over the weekend, he told the Evening Standard: ‘I don’t know. At the end of the day, we will wait until that times comes.
‘At the same time, I’ve just got to focus on the club until we get that far.’
Hudson-Odoi, who also represented England at four youth team levels and the under-21s, was handed his senior debut by Southgate in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic in March 2019.
He played the full 90 minutes and contributed an assist in England’s 5-1 Euro qualification win over Montenegro a few days later.
But a ruptured Achilles tendon subsequently ruled him out of that summer’s UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal.
While England has already booked their place at the World Cup in Qatar later this year, Ghana must beat Nigeria in a two-legged play-off at the end of next month to qualify.
Hudson-Odoi has scored three goals and added six assists in 27 games for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season.
The winger also expressed his relief over not securing a loan move away from Stamford Bridge to Borussia Dortmund back in the summer, after they beat Palmeiras to win the Club World Cup.
He added: ‘Big trophies like this are games you want to be involved in with a club like this.
‘Big games, big trophies, you want to win as much as possible with a club like this. Our aim is always to win games and win as many as possible. When we get the opportunity, we keep pushing.
‘If I went out in the summer I wouldn’t get opportunities to play like this and enjoy the games and win trophies.
‘So I’m really delighted that I stayed and obviously got the opportunity to play.’