Wednesday Jun 23, 2021. 09:00
Former Ghana international Charles Taylor says England international Callum Hudson-Odoi should snub the advances from the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
Having been born in England to parents of Ghanaian descent, Odoi is currently on holiday in Ghana after being snubbed by England for the ongoing 2020 UEFA European Championship.
The 20-year-old attacker paid a courtesy call on Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and held talks with Ghana Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif and GFA president Kurt Okraku.
This has opened the door for a possible international switch, but former Ghana international Taylor has urged Chelsea FC star to focus on his international career with England.
“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 to play for the Black Stars. Ghana is ending career,” Taylor said on Football Ghana.
“I think obviously when you’re young, you have the opportunity to play for England throughout all the years, from under 15 to under 16 all the way up,” the winger said earlier this month about his international future.
The talented winger, who helped Chelsea win the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League title, despite featuring for the three lions of England is still eligible to play for Ghana per the new FIFA rules.
“When they obviously gave me the opportunity to come I was in the country already. It’s something that I already had in my mind, set on already playing for England,” Taylor continued.
“So it was the thing 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 – 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, so.”
Taylor, whose real name is Kweku Charles Bismark Taylor Asampong, adopted the name Charles Taylor after the former Liberian president and he scored twice in 16 international matches for Ghana.