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Hudson-Odoi keeps England-Ghana switch open, says decision yet to be made

"...I’m still thinking it over."

Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed that he has yet to finalize his international future, but he considers Ghana a “very good option” as he contemplates a possible switch.

The 22-year-old, who made history in 2019 as the youngest player to debut for England in a competitive match, boasts three senior caps for the Three Lions.

Nevertheless, his journey on the international stage appears to have hit a pause, with his last senior appearance for England dating back to a European Championship qualifier against Kosovo in 2020.

Fifa regulations, however, provide a window of opportunity for Hudson-Odoi to make a switch in his international representation. According to these rules, a player can alter their allegiance if they have not accumulated more than three senior caps for their country before reaching the age of 21, making the Ghanaian option a viable path for the winger.

The notion of representing Ghana is not a new one for Hudson-Odoi, as he previously refused to rule out this possibility when queried about his international future in 2021.

Two years later, the former Chelsea winger maintains an open mind regarding a potential allegiance change.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Hudson-Odoi stated:

“That decision hasn’t been made yet. I’m still thinking it over.

“Ghana is a very good option but let’s wait and see.

“Hopefully once I start playing games here, maybe Gareth [Southgate] or Ghana will come.

“It’s a nice position to be in and hopefully sooner or later we will know.”

Hudson-Odoi’s eligibility to play for Ghana stems from his parental lineage, although reports suggest that he declined a World Cup call-up from the African nation ahead of last year’s tournament in Qatar.

This decision, as per the Evening Standard, reflected his intention to keep his options open for potential future England call-ups, especially as he continued to impress during his tenure with Bayer Leverkusen.

Hudson-Odoi recently departed his boyhood club Chelsea to join Nottingham Forest. He has represented England at various youth age groups and was part of the Under-17 side that clinched the World Cup victory six years ago.

 

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