Chelsea star 'to make switch' to Africa

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A Chelsea star has reportedly finally agreed to switch his international allegiance from England to an African nation after a number of failed attempts. 

According to various reports, Callum Hudson-Odoi has agreed to represent Ghana following a meeting with former Premier League manager Chris Hughton, who is believed to be in line to be announced as the Black Stars' next manager. 

Hughton first met with the Chelsea star's father in Accra, per CitiSports, before later being seen with the player himself in what is believed to have been a bid to convince the 21-year-old of the switch. 

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Several prominent individuals in the country have made attempts to persuade Hudson-Odoi to change his allegiance in the past, with Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana Football Association chief Kurt Okraku, and the nation's minister for sport Mustapha Ussif all having previously held separate meetings with the attacker, per Goal. 

Born to Ghanaian parents in the United Kingdom, the England youth star has made only three appearances for the Three Lions' senior team, but FIFA's new rules make him eligible to make the change as long as he does not feature for Gareth Southgate's side again. 

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Hudson-Odoi can apply to represent the Black Stars any time from November 2022, according to Goal, and he could well be in contention for a spot at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, provided that Ghana prevail in their qualifying play-offs against Nigeria in March. 

With the reportedly incoming Hughton said to have made a breakthrough in the matter, he is also said to be keen to persuade Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey and Accra-born Southampton centre-back Mohammed Salisu – who has refused repeated call-ups for Black Stars duty – to represent the West Africans too.

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