Ghanaian football legend Charles Taylor has advised Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi not to ditch England’s Three Lions for the Black Stars if he wants to go far with his football career.
According to Taylor, who won the CAF Champions League and Super Cup with local club Hearts of Oak in 2000, the 20-year-old is better off playing for England, because the West African nation will only “end” his football career.
He was probably referring to ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Frimpong who ditched England to play for the four-time AFCON winners.
Odoi’s parents are Ghanaians with his father Bismark Odoi representing the Ghana national team at senior level and playing for giants Accra Hearts of Oak in the 90s.
Hudson-Odoi arrived in Ghana earlier this month for the summer holidays and met with Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as well as the Minister for Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif who engaged him on prospects of switching his nationality to play for Ghana.
Odoi has already appeared three times for Gareth Southgate’s England side.
However, Taylor, who featured 16 times for the Black stars and scored two goals during his playing days, has advised Hudson-Odoi to shun Ghana.
“If Odoi is listening to me, I will advise him not to think of playing for the Black Stars,” the 39-year-old Angel FM, as quoted by Citisportsonline.com
“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 [will] ending career,” he concluded.
However his words of advise is in direct contrast with that of Ghana’s President Akufo Addo who tasked the sector minister to explore possibilities of getting the youngster to play for the Black Stars.
Taylor represented Ghana at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
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