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Chris Hughton urges Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi to play for Ghana

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Chris Hughton urges Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi to play for Ghana

Chris Hughton, the head coach of the Black Stars, has disclosed that he has spoken to Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi about switching allegiance to Ghana.

The two youngsters have already represented England at various age groups, with Hudson-Odoi even playing at the senior level.

In all, the Chelsea star has three caps for the Three Lions, all of which he earned in competitive matches.

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Meanwhile, Nketiah is England’s all-time leading scorer at Under-21 level, with 16 goals in 17 matches.

Both might yet move to Ghana after being overlooked by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate in recent years.

The Ghanaian champions, who are presently preparing for their CAF Champions League match against Remo Stars, are looking forward to the friendly, appreciating its potential to boost their brand and awareness on the international scene.

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“I have an Irish mother, Ghanaian father, and chose to play for Ireland at that particular time.

“These are two players that have represented England at quite a few of the underage teams.

“So some of it is understandable. We have been in contact with them. Not just in my time, I think from before as well. It is a process.

“But ultimately it will be about both of them making the decision that they want to play. But we have had good dialogue with them.”

Despite playing competitively for England, Hudson-Odoi has long been linked with an international move.

He did it for the first time at the age of 18 years and 135 days, beating Duncan Edwards’ 1955 record for the youngest-ever player to make his competitive debut by 40 days.

That happened against the Czech Republic in March 2019, and he went on to play twice more for the Three Lions.

However, following an ACL injury that has harmed his first-team chances at both club and national levels, he now appears likely to join Fulham on a cheap deal.

Meanwhile, Nketiah just signed a new deal with Arsenal worth £100,000 per week and is regarded as Mikel Arteta’s backup striker to Gabriel Jesus.

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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