Chelsea winger in Ghana ahead of proposed nationality switch
Albanas Kiswili
7 months ago

Chelsea and England forward Callum Hudson Odoi has raisen the alarm again over a potential switch of nationality after visiting the country of his parents.

On Wednesday night, the 2020/2021 Champions League winner touched down in Accra Ghana for the first time in the company of renowned Ghanaian musician King Promise.

Owing to his Ghanaian parentage, the 20-year-old, who has been snubbed by England for the upcoming European Championship, is eligible to play for the Ghana national team despite making three senior appearances for England where he was born.

His availability for a possible switch to Ghana despite being capped by the Three Lions is due to FIFA's revised eligibility rules which came into force last year.

The attacker is allowed to make a switch to the Black Stars because he has not played more than three senior matches for England and all the games had come before he turned 21.

Any possible application for a switch, though, can only be made after March 25 next year, provided his current international match appearance status has not changed. He is the son of ex-Hearts of Oak and Ghana midfielder Bismark Odoi.

This will not be the first time an African player is switching his nationality. In 2016, Crystal Palace Winger Wilfried Zaha switch his nationality from England to Ivory Coast after playing for England at Under 19, Under 21 level, and even the Three Lions' senior team in 2012.

In 2017, Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi switched his allegiance from England to Nigerian after being dropped for the Euro 2016 tournament.