England are set to LOSE Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi with the pair ‘to switch international allegiances to Ghana,’ in a boost for the African nation ahead of this year’s World Cup
- Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi could switch allegiances to Ghana
- The Arsenal striker has not yet received a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad
- Hudson-Odoi has three caps but is still allowed to switch nations if he chooses
The Ghanaian international team are reportedly set to be strengthened by the switch of two England players.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have both represented England at various levels.
Football.London though have stated that Nketiah has been persuaded to switch international allegiance to the African nation, along with Hudson-Odoi.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has reportedly been persuaded to switch allegiances to Ghana
He is to be joined by Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who could also make the switch
Nketiah, who has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances, has previously played for the England Under-21 set-up.
He holds the record for most goals at Under-21 level with 16, but has yet to secure an international cap for the senior squad.
The striker is to be joined by Hudson Odoi – despite the Chelsea winger receiving three caps by Gareth Southgate.
A FIFA rule change in September 2020 allows players with no more than three caps to change their allegiance if those caps came before their 21st birthday.
Should both men officially make the switch, it will boost their chances of playing at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
It means Gareth Southgate would lose two forward players from his pool of English players
Ghana qualified for the tournament and will play in a group alongside Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.
At club level, both men have not had the easiest of times for their respective clubs this season.
Nketiah made just three short cameo appearances in Arsenal’s opening 20 league games of the season.
It’s said that Nketiah has rejected a number of Arsenal contract offers this season, which would leave him able to depart on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
He made his first league start in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton and has started every game since.
Arsenal’s in-form striker Nketiah has not yet been selected for a senior England squad
Hudson-Odoi has three England caps but is still allowed to switch international allegiances
His braces against former sides Chelsea and Leeds have helped put Arsenal in a commanding position to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Hudson-Odoi meanwhile has made 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing six assists.
However, he has been out of action since January with an achilles tendon injury.
He made his international debut in a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in 2019, before later playing games against Montenegro and Kosovo that same year.
Hudson-Odoi also famously turned down the opportunity to play for the England Under-21 team last year, so that he could focus on fighting for his place at Chelsea.
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