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Hudson-Odoi and Schlupp have been named to Ghana’s preliminary World Cup squad of 55 players.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was born in England, has been named to Ghana’s 55-man provisional squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Coach Otto Addo is said to have included the 21-year-old in his squad as he prepares to name his final tournament squad.

According to Joy Sports, other players in the provisional squad include Crystal Palace’s Jeffery Schlupp, Salis Abdul Samed, Samuel Owusu, and Majeed Ashimeru.

Hudson-Odoi has been a target of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for some time now due to his desire to switch nationalities and play for the Black Stars.

The Bayern Leverkusen loanee arrived in Ghana earlier this month and spent a week getting to know the locals and meeting some important people.

His parents are both Ghanaians, and his father, Bismark Odoi, played for Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak in the 1990s before moving to England.

While in Ghana, he paid a courtesy call on President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, where he discussed the possibility of switching nationalities.

He also met with Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif and GFA President Kurt Okraku to discuss the same matter.

Despite having played three times for England, a change in FIFA eligibility rules allows him to switch to Ghana in late 2022.

Hudson-Odoi hasn’t played for England in a long time and turned down a call-up after being demoted to England’s U-21s last year.

Meanwhile, the provisional squad includes all 29 players who were invited to Ghana’s international friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua in September.

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