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Sports News of Tuesday, 8 June 2021


Callum Hudson-Odoi declares support for Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak

Callum Hudson-Odoi with Hearts players Callum Hudson-Odoi with Hearts players

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has pledged his support for Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak.

The England international was in the stands at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 6 June 2021 to watch the Phobians play out a pulsating 1-1 draw with city rivals Great Olympics in a derby.

After the game, the 20-year-old entered the dressing room and said some words of encouragement to the players.

His father Bismark Odoi played for Hearts of Oak in the 1980s.

Hudson-Odoi is in Ghana for the holidays after being snubbed by England manager Gareth Southgate for the 2020 European Championship finals.

He visited and presented a Chelsea jersey to Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who ordered the country's football authorities to fast-track the nationality switch process for him to represent the Black Stars.

Hudson-Odoi made his England debut on 22 March 2019 as a 70th-minute substitute in a 5–0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Three days later, he made his first competitive start for England and impressed in a 5–1 win over Montenegro.

He became the second-youngest ever player to start a competitive match for England, after Wayne Rooney in April 2003.

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