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Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi discusses potential U-turn amid transfer uncertainty

This summer will certainly be a period of reflection for Callum Hudson-Odoi after the Chelsea star missed out on a spot in England’s squad for Euro 2020.

Hudson-Odoi faces an uncertain future in West London following a tough season under Thomas Tuchel, who replaced the sacked Frank Lampard and ultimately led the Blues to Champions League glory.

But the winger was forced to settle for a bit-part role – and it seems the 20-year-old is now considering his international future, as well as his long-term plan at club level, following a stuttering campaign.

The winger made 37 appearances in all competitions for the Blues last season but the majority of those came as a substitute and it is understood the youngster is considering moving on to pastures new.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is currently on holiday in Ghana as he ponders his international future

His struggles for the Stamford Bridge outfit have limited his England chances, with Hudson-Odoi making three senior outings for Gareth Southgate’s squad; his last coming in the 4-0 win over Kosovo in November 2019.

And it has now emerged that Hudson-Odoi is considering a possible international change, with Ghana keen on securing his services.

With three Three Lions appearances already, one more cap would permanently tie him down to the country of his birth.

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But Hudson-Odoi is eligible to switch allegiance to the West African country, because of his Ghanaian parentage, and it is something he is considering.

The winger, who is currently on holiday in Ghana, said : “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.

Hudson-Odoi struggled for regular game time under Thomas Tuchel last season
Hudson-Odoi struggled for regular game time under Thomas Tuchel last season

“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.”

FIFA’s rules on eligibility state that the attacker is allowed to make a switch to Ghana provided he has not played more than three senior matches for England.

The protocol also states that all the games will have had to come before he turns 21 (on November 7) – and that he can only make an application three years after his last appearance for the nation he wishes to change from.

That means any possible application for a switch can only be made after November 17 next year, just ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Hudson-Odoi made his senior debut for the Three Lions as a 70th-minute substitute in a Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic in March 2019 before making his maiden start in a 5-1 win over Montenegro three days later.

The win over Kosovo remains his most recent appearance for Southgate’s men – and could well be his last for the Three Lions.




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