Callum Hudson-Odoi has finally agreed to represent the Black Stars of Ghana after meeting incoming coach Chris Hughton
After meeting with incoming coach Chris Hughton, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has accepted to represent Ghana’s Black Stars.
The player met with the coach at the Labadi Beach Hotel, where he has been staying since arriving for a short break, according to sources close to GHANASoccernet.com.
Due to new FIFA rules, Hudson-Odoi, who has represented England at the senior level, can still switch allegiance.
Following his success with the England U17 team in the World Cup, the Chelsea star was called up to the senior national team after impressing with the Blues.
However, injuries limited his first-team opportunities at Chelsea, and he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for EURO 2020.
The athlete has visited Ghana twice in the past year, first for vacation in the summer and then again a week ago.
Hughton’s ability to entice Ghanaian players born overseas to represent the Black Stars is said to be his strongest draw, with Hudson-Odoi and Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey the most promising prospects.
Hughton has a 20-year managerial track record, including promotion to the Premier League with both Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion.
His most recent role was as manager of Nottingham Forest in the Championship, where he guided the club to safety in the 2020/2021 season before departing in September 2021 at the start of the 2021/2022 season.