Callum Hudson-Odoi is ‘considering’ switching international allegiance from England to Ghana after their qualification for 2022 World Cup

Callum Hudson-Odoi is ‘considering’ transferring his international allegiance from England to Ghana, with the Black Stars attempting to persuade the Chelsea winger, as well as Tariq Lamptey, to do so ahead of the World Cup.

Prior to the World Cup in November, the Chelsea superstar is rumoured to be ‘thinking’ a trade.

The 21-year-old has three senior caps for England, the most recent of which came in November 2019 in a European Championship qualifier in Kosovo.

Hudson-Odoi rejected down the chance to play for England’s under-21 team in internationals against Romania and Kosovo in August of last year.

He also declined a call-up from Gareth Southgate for the matches against Albania and San Marino in November.

Under FIFA rules, players are allowed switch allegiances providing they had played no more than three competitive international games before the age of 21. 

This means Hudson-Odoi would be eligible for the changeover just in time to head to Qatar with the World Cup taking place between November 21 and December 18.

Ghana booked their spot in Qatar with a win in their World Cup playoff with Nigeria on away goals on Tuesday.

With the World Cup on the horizon, the Black Stars could look to build up their squad and Ghana FA communications director Henry Asante Twum revealed the side will pursue the Premier League pair if regulations permit it.  

‘If it is that we wake up tomorrow and the new coach of the Black Stars wants Tariq [Lamptey], Hudson-Odoi, whoever is available, we will look at the regulations and the possibility of getting them,’ he told Citi TV. ‘If it is within our reach, we pursue it.

‘The new law for nationality switch is that you should be three years from your last game [from the association you want to switch from], so it means that if today, Hudson-Odoi played for England three years ago, we will look at the month [in which] he played, and if it is exactly two years, he has every right to switch nationality.’   

Earlier this year, Hudson-Odoi met with Ghana technical advisor and former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton with his parents in Accra to discuss his international future. 

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