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Chelsea Star Reignites Speculation That He'll Switch Allegiance From England To Sierra Leone

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Chelsea Star Reignites Speculation That He'll Switch Allegiance From England To Sierra Leone

Allegiance switches have been big news of late, with former England youngsters like Lukas Nmecha and Jamal Musiala opting to represent Germany after previously shining for the Three Lions at youth level.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, a one time U17 World Cup winner with England, is also reportedly considering switching to Ghana, with opportunities to play in Gareth Southgate's main squad currently very unlikely.

However, his Chelsea teammate Trevoh Chalobah could be the next big name to make the switch, after the classy defender recently spoke about the prospect of playing for the country of his birth - Sierra Leone.

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Chalobah has represented England at every youth level from U16 right up until Under-21, meaning that it would be yet another bitter blow for current manager Southgate to lose a possible future star.

The 22-year-old has impressed this season for Thomas Tuchel's side, having played seven times so far, while also managing to get on the scoresheet twice.

However, this has also led to several questions about his international future, as Chalobah is yet to make his senior England debut.

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Sierra Leone are very much a nation on the up in footballing terms, which could give the Chelsea man, who was born the African country's biggest city of Freetown, more incentive to represent Leone Stars.

The side managed to qualify for next year's Afcon after Kei Kamara's penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Benin in June.

For their first appearance in the competition after 25 years away, Sierra Leone will be in Group E alongside Algeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

During a press conference on Monday, Chalobah was asked about his international future, and the possibility of one day representing the African nation.

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"Obviously yes that is my country and I am really pleased, they have done well to qualify but my focus right now is on the club," the former Lorient loanee stated.

While no permanent decision appears to have been made on this front, the player himself will simply be hoping to continue his fine form for Chelsea, who have recently rewarded Chalobah with a long-term contract until 2026.

Topics: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea, Premier League

Tom Fenton
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