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Gareth Southgate will not force himself to select Callum Hudson-Odoi for England… despite Ghana’s plan to convince Chelsea star to represent them on the international stage

  • The FA is aware of Ghana’s trick to winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. to get hold of
  • But Gareth Southgate won’t select him just because of the threat of losing him
  • He would not qualify for Ghana with another competitive cap for England
  • There is a sense that his alignment with Ghana is a means of calling England’s bluff











England boss Gareth Southgate will not be pressured to select Callum Hudson-Odoi, despite the looming prospect of losing the talented Chelsea star to Ghana.

The case of Hudson-Odoi’s international career is curious. The Football Association knows about Ghana’s plan to convince him to play for the Black Stars.

Still, Southgate – at least as it stands – has no urge to select Hudson-Odoi; the England boss who was unwilling to select a footballer only because of the threat of losing him to a rival nation.

Gareth Southgate (left) will not be pressured to select Callum Hudson-Odoi (right), despite prospects of England losing him to Ghana

The Football Association knows Ghana's plan to convince him to play for the Black Stars

The Football Association knows Ghana’s plan to convince him to play for the Black Stars

“I try to respect a team that has brought us to a final” [of Euro 2020]”Don’t make too many changes there and make sure young players really have to earn their right to come in,” Southgate said last week.

Complicating matters is the fact that Hudson-Odoi would be ineligible for Ghana if he played one more league game for England.

Nevertheless, there is a feeling within the FA that Hudson-Odoi’s affiliation with Ghana may be a means of calling England’s bluff.

If so, it seems unlikely that Southgate will fall for it.

The Chelsea winger has already made three senior appearances for the England senior team

The Chelsea winger has already made three senior appearances for the England senior team

Hudson-Odoi continues to qualify for the Under-21s; playing under Lee Carsley would strongly confirm his position as an England player – if he wants to, of course.

Still, he stood out for his absence from England’s Under-21 party last week, an omission that has raised questions about his commitment within the FA, as Hudson-Odoi had already turned down an appeal in August.

Perhaps it’s understandable that Hudson-Odoi doesn’t want to qualify for the Under-21s. Having already played for England three times in the first season, he could feel the departure would be detrimental.

Nevertheless, his apparent reluctance to qualify is unlikely to increase his chances of breaking back into Southgate’s plans.

That’s not to say there are problems between the England boss and Hudson-Odoi – lines of communication remain open between the pair and Southgate who are believed to have been in touch with the Chelsea academy graduate in recent weeks.

Hudson-Odoi continues to qualify for the Under-21s, playing under Lee Carsley (right)

Hudson-Odoi continues to qualify for the Under-21s, playing under Lee Carsley (right)

But similarly, Southgate believes he hasn’t seen enough of Hudson-Odoi to warrant a recall. It’s hard to argue with the English boss’s logic.

Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham, who have played significantly more football than Hudson-Odoi so far this season, were also left out of Southgate’s roster to face Andorra and Hungary in the coming days.

So far, Hudson-Odoi has played just 147 minutes of Premier League football.

So it all points to a career with Ghana, who have made their intentions abundantly clear.

So far, Hudson-Odoi has played just 147 minutes of Premier League football this season

So far, Hudson-Odoi has played just 147 minutes of Premier League football this season

The nation rolled out the red carpet for the Chelsea star during the winger’s vacation to Ghana over the summer break, when he met President Nana Akufo-Addo, Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif and Football Association boss Kurt Okraku.

Under FIFA rules, Hudson-Odoi cannot change allegiances until November 2022 – three years after his last England cap.

However, there is some doubt that this will allow Ghana to register Hudson-Odoi’s international move in time to be available for the World Cup – which starts on November 21.

His path to Qatar 2022 could no doubt be smoother under England’s umbrella. That of course means that he wants to play for England.

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