Former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko star, Charles Assampong Taylor has advised Chelsea winger Hudson Odoi against playing for the Ghana national team, the Blackstars.
His advice to the Chelsea star comes after President Akufo-Addo charged the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, and other stakeholders to persuade the 20-year-old player to play for the Blackstars.
Charles Taylor in an interview with Accra-based radio station, however, encouraged the Chelsea winger to ditch the offer by Ghana and continue with the Three Lions of 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 play for the Black Stars. Ghana is ending its career”, the ex-midfielder stated.
Meanwhile, Hudson has already made his intention clear on whether he will play for the Blackstars or not.
In a recent engagement with Chelsea supporters in Accra, the player made known that he had already set his mind on playing for England.
“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."
“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.”
“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. Anything can happen”
The 20-year-old is of Ghanaian descent. His father, Bismark Odoi, played for Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak in the 90s before relocating to England.
Hudson Odoi has already played three times for England, however, a change to FIFA's eligibility rules means he can still switch to Ghana in 2022.