Callum Hudson-Odoi reveals to close door on Ghana switch after Chelsea youngster England Euros snub sn
Could Callum Hudson-Odoi become the last youngster to turn his back on England? Chelsea star says ‘we’ll see’ when asked about switching allegiance to Ghana… even though he already has three caps for the Three Lions!
- Callum Hudson-Odoi has suggested he may represent Ghana in the future
- The Chelsea star was capped three times at senior level by England in 2019
- The 20-year-old would be eligible to apply for the switch in November 2022
- Wilfried Zaha and Jamal Musiala are among those who turned England in the past
Callum Hudson-Odoi has hinted at a possible move to represent Ghana at international level in the future, despite England hitting a top-level cap three times.
The 20-year-old made his senior England debut as a substitute against the Czech Republic in 2019, before making his first start against Montenegro a few days later.
However, Hudson-Odoi is eligible to play for Ghana, where he is currently on holiday, through his father, and the Chelsea youngster refuses to rule out changing his allegiances.
Callum Hudson-Odoi refused to rule out moving to Ghana in the future
The Chelsea forward is currently on holiday in Ghana and could be eligible to represent them hen
The 20-year-old was capped three times at senior level by England by the end of 2019
“I think when you’re young, of course, you have the opportunity to play for England over the years, from under-15 to under-16,” Hudson-Odoi said, as reported by Joy Sports.
“When they gave me the chance to come, of course, I was already in the country. It’s something I had in mind when I wanted to play for England.’
“So of course the idea was to choose 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, ‘Yes, let me go and play for my country.
“But I said Ghana is my home too, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know.’
Under FIFA rules, Hudson-Odoi could represent Ghana in the future as he has played no more than three senior matches for England.
Hudson-Odoi can request the switch in November 2022 if he decides to do so
Those matches all came before he turned 21, as is required, but he would have to wait to apply until three years after his last appearance for England.
That came on November 17 in 2019, so in theory Hudson-Odoi could make the application on the same date in 2022, which would be shortly before the start of the World Cup.
England will hope the youngster does not follow the example of other players who have recently turned their backs on them, most notably Jamal Musiala.
The 18-year-old played for the Three Lions at Under 17 and Under 21 but pledged his future to Germany in February after the two countries fought to secure his services.
Jamal Musiala (R) alongside Toni Kroos after being selected in the German squad for Euro 2020
In March, Sportsmail reported that Jamaica was planning to persuade as many as 15 England players to change their international allegiances, targeting Mikhail Antonio and Ivan Toney.
It is clear that Ethan Pinnock, Andre Gray, Rolando Aarons and Jamal Lowe, as well as Rangers forward Kemar Roofe, are among those who will be making the switch over the summer.
Wilfried Zaha turned his back on England in favor of the Ivory Coast after feeling he wasn’t getting the opportunities he deserved, and in a 2018 interview revealed he didn’t regret his decision.
Wilfried Zaha represented England at youth level, but has been playing for Ivory Coast since 2017
“It was like being rejected from England’s side,” Zaha . said CNN Sports. “For four years I wasn’t picked or even taken a look.
“Four years in football is a long time, so it’s like there’s no regrets at all. Nobody even thought of me. And Ivory Coast, even though I said no to them, they still believed in me and still wanted me because they knew what I could do for the team.
“Of course we may not be in the World Cup, but it’s just a learning curve. From there we just have to get better and hopefully try to get to the next one.
“As for not playing for England, I don’t regret it. I’m happy with the decision I’ve made.’