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Don’t play for Black Stars – Charles Taylor advises Hudson-Odoi

Former Hearts of Oak forward, Charles Taylor, has advised Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi to reject any offer to play for the national team, the Black Stars.

The British born Ghanaian footballer, Hudson-Odoi arrived in Ghana early June on vacation after Chelsea won the Champions League to crown the European season. His arrival in Ghana has sparked conversations regarding whether or not he will switch nationality to play for the Black Stars.

The Chelsea winger, a few weeks ago held talks with President Akufo-Addo and the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over possibility of switching nationality to enable him play for Ghana.

But the former Ghana International, Charles Taylor has admonished the 20-year-old winger to stay committed to England rather than pursue any dreams with the Black Stars.

“If Odoi is listening to me, I will advise him not to think of playing for the Black Stars. He should continue playing for England even if it is under 100, he should play for them than play for the Black Stars. Ghana is an ending career,” he told Angel TV.

The England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has already hinted he could possibly play for the Black Stars in future.

“The thing is obviously choosing Ghana or England. And at the end of the day, I said I always had the right people around me who always advise me on what’s right, what’s wrong. England came and I said yeah, let me go and play for my country. But I said Ghana is my home as well, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know,” he said in an address to Chelsea fans in Ghana when he interacted with them at Alisa Hotel.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was born and raised in England by his Ghanaian parents. His father, Bismark Odoi played for Ghana Premier League giants, Hearts of Oak, in the 90s before moving to England.

Odoi already has three cups with England, however, a change in FIFA’s eligibility rules allows him to switch allegiance to Ghana if he wants.

The rule states that: “Players can now switch national teams provided they are eligible to represent them as long as they have played no more than three matches (including friendlies), none of the matches should be in the final tournament of the FIFA World Cup or confederation competition, and they are all to happen before the player turns 21.”

In Chelsea’s history books, he is known as the youngest player to have been part of the team to win both the Champions League and Europa League.

Source: Ghana News

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