England blow with Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi both ‘set to switch allegiance to Ghana for 2022 Qatar World Cup’

England blow with Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi both ‘set to switch allegiance to Ghana for 2022 Qatar World Cup’

EDDIE NKETIAH and Callum Hudson-Odoi are set to switch from England to Ghana ahead of the 2022 World Cup, reports suggest.

That is according to Football London, who claim that both players have been convinced to link up with the African nation, for which they are eligible to play.


Arsenal ace Nketiah, 22, leads the Three Lions' Under-21 all-time scoring list with 16 goals in 17 appearances but has never played for the senior team.

Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi, 21, on the other hand, has amassed three senior caps. They all came in 2019 as Gareth Southgate dealt with an injury crisis.

A Fifa rule change in 2020 allows players with no more than three international appearances to change their allegiance if those caps came before their 21st birthday.

Therefore, both players can complete the switch, which would boost their hopes of playing in the winter's World Cup in Qatar.

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England manager Gareth Southgate has plenty of options to choose from for his attack.

But it's still a blow for Southgate as he will have a smaller pool of fine talent to pick from, especially if he is dealt with some last-minute injuries.

It will be a huge boost for Ghana manager Otto Addo, who would have a much stronger side for the competition.

The Ghanaians have advanced for the tournament and will face off against Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.

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England, on the other hand, are set to meet Iran, USA and either Ukraine, Scotland or Wales in Group B.

Nketiah has been on fire lately as he has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

But the striker looks set to leave the Gunners in June when his contract expires.

Hudson-Odoi has also been featuring regularly for Chelsea this season with 28 appearances across all competitions, 15 of which have come in the Premier League.

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