Tariq Lamptey, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eddie Nketiah to switch from England to Ghana - report
Tariq Lamptey, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eddie Nketiah are on the verge of confirming that they will play for Ghana over England, according to Rahman Osman.
It was reported [May 25] that Lamptey had been left out of the England Under-21 squad after receiving an approach from Ghana, but that now seems to have progressed and the player has travelled to Africa to meet the staff and confirm his decision.
It’s believed that he will be joined by Arsenal striker Nketiah, who is the record goalscorer for England’s Under-21’s team, and Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi, who has already been capped three times by Gareth Southgate’s senior side.
All three players qualify to play for the Black Stars via their parents and could all be part of the national team squad that will compete at the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year.
None of them will play in the internationals this month as the process isn’t completely confirmed yet, however it is now believed to be a matter of time before the switch is confirmed by FIFA and the players themselves.
Blow for England
England are about to lose three excellent talents, and it’s certainly a blow to the pool of quality players that they can choose from in the future.
However at this current moment in time, the decisions of the players are unlikely to make too much of a difference to the Three Lions considering the options available to them.
Lamptey is incredibly highly rated but currently is sitting behind Kyle Walker, Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and even Justin James in the pecking order, while Nketiah has never been called up to the senior side either.
Out wide the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are struggling for call-ups, so Hudson-Odoi is likely to be quite a way away from one himself, and making themselves available for Ghana opens up a whole new world of opportunity for them.
In the future it may be seen as more of a loss, but right now it seems like the perfect move for all parties.
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