English duo 'switch allegiance' to Africa

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Two Premier League stars have reportedly been persuaded to snub England and switch their allegiance to that of an African nation ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  

In April, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah admitted that he would be open to playing for Ghana as both his parents are Ghanaian, while Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi has been tipped to make the same switch for a number of months now after his last appearance for the Three Lions took place in 2019, when he was still a teenager. 

According to football.london, both players have now decided they will play for the African nation, with the Gunners frontman said to have received his Ghanaian passport ahead of his final decision. 

Nketiah and Hudson-Odoi have been integral figures for England at youth level, with the former being the all-time record goalscorer for the Three Lions' U21 team with 16 strikes in just 17 matches, surpassing Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers' tally of 13 goals in 2020.  

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However, both have struggled to stake their claim for a place in England's senior side, while the Chelsea winger is also understood to have rejected multiple call-ups to the U21 team over the past 12 months.  

Initially, there was some confusion over whether or not Hudson-Odoi would be allowed to switch his allegiance as he has made three appearances for England's senior team, but according to FIFA rules, exceptions are made for players who have featured three or fewer times before the age of 21 – his Three Lions appearances came before he turned 20. 

As such, both players are now expected to represent the Black Stars at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

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