World Cup: Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘considers’ switching England as Ghana target him and Tariq Lamptey

Callum Hudson-Odoi is ‘considering’ switching international allegiance from England to Ghana, with the African nation hoping to persuade the Chelsea winger and Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey to join them ahead of the Qatar World Cup.

  • Ghana booked their World Cup spot in a playoff win over Nigeria this week
  • They target Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tariq Lamptey to switch allegiance
  • The Chelsea winger has three senior caps for England and last played in 2019
  • Meanwhile, Lamptey is yet to receive a senior call-up for the Three Lions

Callum Hudson-Odoi is assessing Ghana’s international interest with the Black Stars in hopes of persuading the Chelsea winger and Tariq Lamptey to switch allegiance to England ahead of the World Cup.

Hudson-Odoi is said to be ‘considering’ the switch ahead of the World Cup in November.

The 21-year-old has three senior caps for England, the last of which came in the European Championship qualifiers in Kosovo in November 2019.

Ghana hope to persuade Hudson-Odoi and Tariq Lamptey (pictured) to switch international allegiance from England

Ghana are hoping to persuade Callum Hudson-Odoi (left) and Tariq Lamptey (right) to switch international allegiance from England

In August last year, Hudson-Odoi turned down the opportunity to play for the England Under-21 side for internationals against Romania and Kosovo.

And he risked further damaging his relationship with the Three Lions by turning down a call-up from Gareth Southgate for matches against Albania and San Marino last November.

According to FIFA rules, players are allowed to change allegiance provided they have not played more than three competitive international matches before the age of 21.

This means Hudson-Odoi would be eligible for the switch just in time to travel to Qatar, with the World Cup taking place from November 21 to December 18.

Hudson-Odoi has three senior caps for the Three Lions with his last game in November 2019

Hudson-Odoi has three senior caps for the Three Lions with his last game in November 2019

And, according to GoalGhana are chasing Hudson-Odoi and Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey, with the Blues youngster believed to be considering the transfer.

Ghana booked their place in Qatar with victory in their World Cup qualifier with Nigeria on away goals on Tuesday.

With the World Cup on the horizon, the Black Stars could be looking to strengthen their squad and Ghana FA director of communications Henry Asante Twum has revealed the team will pursue the Premier League pair if regulations so allow. allowed.

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

The Black Stars booked their place in Qatar with a World Cup playoff win over Nigeria

The Black Stars booked their place in Qatar with a World Cup playoff win over Nigeria

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

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

He also visited the country twice in the past year and met with National President Nana Akufo-Addo, GFA President Kurt Okraku and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif.

Meanwhile, Lamptey didn’t receive a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad but did represent the Three Lions at Under-21 level.

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