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England coach Southgate resigned to losing Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi to Ghana

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is closer to committing his international future to Ghana.

The Daily Mail says England coach Gareth Southgate is growing resigned to Hudson-Odoi switching international allegiance to Ghana after the Chelsea forward rejected an Under 21 call-up for the European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Kosovo earlier this month.

Hudson-Odoi has dual nationality and under FIFA rules is eligible to switch because he has not represented England at the finals of a major tournament, and all of his three competitive senior appearances came before the age of 21.

Hudson-Odoi would have to wait until November 2022 to represent Ghana — three years after his last appearance for England — but given that would enable him to play in the World Cup in Qatar, it remains an attractive option.

Hudson-Odoi has close ties to Ghana and travelled to Accra this summer when he met Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo, sports minister Mustapha Ussif and Ghana FA boss Kurt Okraku.


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