Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has refused to rule out the prospect of swapping his international allegiance from England to Ghana in the future.
The Blues ace, who is once again being linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich ahead of the summer transfer window officially opening for business tomorrow in England, is eligible to play for Ghana through his father.
The versatile wide-player has only featured on three occasions for the Three Lions, with all of those outings coming in qualification ahead of this summer’s rearranged European Championship. FIFA rules state that a player can switch national teams so long as they are eligible to represent them, played no more than three matches for their current national team (including friendlies), none of the matches were in the final tournament of a FIFA World Cup or confederation competition, and they all happened before the player turned 21 years of age.
Considering Hudson-Odoi is allowed to play for Ghana through his father’s roots, is only 20 and has made exactly three appearances for Gareth Southgate’s side, he fits all of the criteria.
On refusing to rule out the prospect of making the switch, the youngster said: “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.”
The Bayern Munich-linked winger has played for England all the way through from the Under-16s to first-team level, meaning playing for the Three Lions has been in his blood since a very young age.
The winger continued: “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.”
Considering the 20-year-old didn’t earn a place in Southgate’s squad for this summer’s Euros, Hudson-Odoi may now be thinking that he stands a greater chance of making a name for himself on the international stage if he makes the switch and becomes a Ghana international.
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England are blessed with talent in the attacking department and Hudson-Odoi, who featured on 37 occasions for Chelsea this term, scoring five goals, is unlikely to force his way into the squad, or certainly the starting line-up, anytime soon, especially if he stays at Chelsea and remains a bit-part player under Thomas Tuchel.
But if he makes the switch to Bayern – as fresh links today suggest he could – and manages to enjoy the same level of success that Jadon Sancho has at Borussia Dortmund, he could force his way into the England set-up if he doesn’t make a decision on his international future in the near future.