Four European born Ghanaian players who are Callum Hudson-Odoi, Eddie Nketiah, Francis Amuzu and Brian Brobbey are still eligible to play for Ghana after being snubbed by their respective national teams for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar which kicks off on Sunday, November 20, 2022.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eddie Nketiah who were both born in England to Ghanaian parents were left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad which was announced on Thursday.
Odoi who has 3 appearances for England and has rediscovered his form on loan at Bayern Leverkusen was hoping to make the squad, but Southgate and his technical team had other ideas, leaving the door open for him to play for Ghana who have publicly declared their intentions of having him.
However, a report from Evening Standard stipulates that Odoi has for now decided against switching his international allegiance, turning down a Ghana call-up for the upcoming World Cup.
For Nketiah, it is a bit different. The Arsenal forward who has represented England at multiple youth levels but is yet to receive a call-up to the national team was least expected to make England’s squad for the World Cup due to his lack of playing minutes at Arsenal this season and form of other players playing in the same position.
In spite of the lack of chances with the England national team, Nketiah is reluctant to switch allegiance to play for Ghana, a situation which is likely to change in the coming months.
Anderlecht’s Francis Amuzu and Brian Brobbey of Ajax were also left out of Belgium and Spain’s squad respectively.
The duo have represented their various countries of birth at multiple youth levels but are yet to receive a call-up to the national team.
With their exclusion from the World Cup squads, they are still eligible to play for Ghana in the future.
Meanwhile, Bayern Leverkusen right-back, Jeremie Frimpong and Athletic Bilbao forward, Nico Williams have both received call-ups to the Netherlands and Spain national team respectively. Should the duo kick a ball at the competition, they’ll become ineligible to represent Ghana.