Gareth Southgate is growing resigned to Callum Hudson-Odoi switching international allegiance to Ghana after the Chelsea forward rejected an Under 21 call-up for the European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Kosovo earlier this month.
Hudson-Odoi has dual nationality and under FIFA rules is eligible to switch because he has not represented England at the finals of a major tournament, and all of his three competitive senior appearances came before the age of 21.
Hudson-Odoi would have to wait until November 2022 to represent Ghana — three years after his last appearance for England — but given that would enable him to play in the World Cup in Qatar, it remains an attractive option.
Gareth Southgate (right) is growing resigned to Callum Hudson-Odoi (left) switching to Ghana
The 20-year-old has become disillusioned with the FA after being dropped to the Under 21s since he made history by becoming the youngest player to make a competitive appearance for England, in a European Championship qualifier against Czech Republic two years ago. The situation has been exacerbated by the rapid rise of other attacking players such as Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.
Hudson-Odoi has close ties to Ghana and travelled to Accra this summer when he met Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo, sports minister Mustapha Ussif and Ghana FA boss Kurt Okraku.