Callum Hudson-Odoi Hints At Surprise International Allegiance Change, Despite Three England Caps
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Callum Hudson-Odoi has dropped a surprise hint that he may switch his international allegiance in the future.
The 20-year-old winger, who became the youngest player to make his England debut in a competitive match when he featured in a 2019 clash against Czech Republic, has picked up a total of three senior caps for the Three Lions.
And after not being in the running to be included in England's 26-man squad for the European Championships, Hudson-Odoi refused to rule out a switch to Ghana when asked about his international future.
In a recent interview with Joy Sports during his vacation to Ghana, he 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.
"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."
Hudson-Odoi would be allowed to represent Ghana in the future as FIFA rules state a player can switch allegiance if he has not played more than three senior games for his country before the age of 21.
The Chelsea winger made all three of his appearances for England - against Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo - in 2019.
He would, however, have to wait three years to submit an application before his last appearance (vs Kosovo in November 2019), which means he could feature for Ghana at the 2022 World Cup.
Good to see Callum Hudson Odoi enjoying his holidays in Ghana. pic.twitter.com/wiwntJ6T2L
- Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) June 3, 2021
Had good fun yesterday against @IamKingPromise team and it was good to see a lot of people came to watch!! Unlucky bro, maybe next time:flag_gh::blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/o1vH54TFak
- Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) June 4, 2021
A number of players who have picked up England caps, whether that be at youth or senior level, have been linked with international allegiance switches.
In fact, earlier this year, Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala decided to represent Germany over England, and was called up to the senior squad for the first time in March.
Jamal Musiala explains his decision to snub England for Germany :flag_de:https://t.co/sUjaqXT91u
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) February 24, 2021
Back in October last year, Aaron Wan-Bissaka hinted he may switch his international allegiance from England to DR Congo with a change to his Instagram bio.
Gareth Southgate is yet to hand the Manchester United full-back his full international debut and opted to call up the more attacking-minded Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Kieran Trippier.
In response to this, Wan-Bissaka removed the England flag from his bio and left the DR Congo flag in.
Jamaica's football federation is also making moves to acquire citizenship for several high-profile players from England's top divisions, including Demarai Gray, Isaac Hayden and Nathan Redmond.
In fact, earlier this year, it was reported that Andre Gray, Liam Moore and Everton centre-back Mason Holgate were also mentioned in discussions, as well as Kemar Roofe, Ivan Toney and Norwich City defender Max Aarons.
West Ham striker Michail Antonio has already decided that his international future lies with Jamaica.
JFF President Michael Ricketts confirmed all of these players (except Max Aarons) listed + Michail Antonio have or are in the process of acquiring passports for Jamaica MNT
via @SportsMax_Carib :flag_jm: #jff pic.twitter.com/MzIaZDPzO0
- chris bowerbank (@chrisbowerbank) March 3, 2021
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