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Leverkusen star turns his back on Ghana’s national team

England or Ghana: The decision as to which national team Bayer Leverkusen’s Callum Hudson-Odoi would like to play for in the future has probably been finally made. Again Evening Standard reported, the 22-year-old does not want to play for Ghana – as was recently reported and assumed.

Instead, he is hoping for a return to the Three Lions, for whose youth teams the London-born winger has featured in the past.

The decision marks a curious turning point after recent months, when Hudson-Odoi even visited Ghana and was to be persuaded to switch from England to Ghana by Nana Akufo-Addo – the country’s president himself.

Hudson-Odoi himself recently spoke to Joy Sports more pro-Ghana: “It was obvious, I had to choose between Ghana and England. The English came to me and I said to them, ‘Let me go and play for my country’.”

He added: “I told them Ghana was my home too, so we’ll see. You never know what might happen.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi played for England’s youth national team

Hudson-Odoi was born in England’s capital London, but also has Ghanaian roots. The 22-year-old, who is now 22, played for England’s U-national teams from the U16s and even made three appearances for the senior national team in 2019.

Since then he has not been nominated – partly because he declined to play for England U21 in 2021. The winger then maintained contact with Ghana’s national team in hopes of reviving his international career.

Thanks to modified FIFA rules, Hudson-Odoi would be able to change national teams despite the fact that he already has senior international caps. The reason for this is that he played games for the Three Lions before he celebrated his 21st birthday.

After his recent strong performances for Bayer Leverkusen, Hudson-Odoi is said to have drawn hope from another chance with the English national teams. Despite meeting Akufo-Addo in person, he rejected Ghana’s offer to change nationality. Hudson-Odoi is said to have deliberately decided against completing the necessary formalities.


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