Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘REJECTS World Cup opportunity with Ghana’ as Chelsea star on loan tries to represent England in future despite being snubbed by Gareth Southgate
- Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has turned down a World Cup call-up from Ghana
- Hudson-Odoi has been in impressive form on loan at Bayer Leverkusen this term
- But that still wasn’t enough to earn him a place in England’s World Cup squad.
- Hudson-Odoi has so far won three senior appearances for his native country
- He is also eligible to play for Ghana given that his parents are from the African nation
- However, reports claim the Blues star has turned down an invitation to represent Ghana
Callum Hudson-Odoi has rejected the possibility of playing in the Qatar World Cup with Ghana and will instead wait to decide his international future.
The Chelsea winger is currently on loan at Bayer Leverkusen this season and has become a key figure in the German side, who sit 10th in the Bundesliga.
Although they weren’t enough to secure him a place in England’s World Cup squad, Hudson-Odoi’s impressive performances have caught Ghana’s attention as they look to strengthen his team before the tournament.
Callum Hudson-Odoi refused to represent Ghana at the World Cup
The Chelsea academy product has made just three senior appearances for England
Hudson-Odoi is currently on loan in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga
The 22-year-old is eligible to play for the African nation through his Ghanaian parents, meaning he could still switch international allegiance despite making three senior appearances for England.
These three selections were obtained before he turned 21, which allows him to play for another nation if he wishes.
His last appearance for the Three Lions came in a Euro 2020 qualifying win over Kosovo minnows in 2019, having been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad after late injuries to key figures.
Husdon-Odoi is said to have considered his future as an England player this year, a stance that is unlikely to change after he failed to earn a place in Southgate’s World Cup squad, and Ghana is now keen on the integrating into his squad for the Qatar centerpiece. .
However, for now, he has decided not to change his international allegiance after refusing a call-up from Ghana for the upcoming World Cup, according to the Evening Standard.
Ghana fans heading to the World Cup won’t see Hudson-Odoi playing for the nation
The 22-year-old chose to commit his future to England despite strong interest from Ghana
Hudson-Odoi wants to focus on club football at Leverkusen instead and will use the six-week break caused by the tournament to work on improving his game ahead of the second half of the season.
The Black Stars are one of five African sides heading to the World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in March secured their ticket, with a host of Premier League talent representing the nation.
Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Arsenal’s Thomas Partey are part of their Premier League contingent, with Ghana alongside Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.