England are resigned to losing talented Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to Ghana after the player got disillusioned with how he is being treated by the FA.
The 20 year old winger who is struggling to break into the Chelsea starting line up recently snubbed a call up by Lee Carsley's Under-21 side to focus on recapturing his form at club level.
According to the Daily Mail Gareth Southgate is not convinced and feels as though Hudson-Odoi has grown disillusioned with the English FA, who have put their faith in fellow youngsters like Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka while sending him to play in the youth setup.
The belief is that Hudson-Odoi will take Ghana up on his offer to switch allegiances in time for the 2022 World Cup.
Hudson-Odoi remains eligible to represent the African side as FIFA rules state that players can still switch international sides if a player has made no more than three appearances for his country, all of those appearances came before the age of 21 and none of them were in a major international tournament.
He would have to wait until November 2022 to represent Ghana — three years after his last appearance for England — but given that would enable him to play in the World Cup in Qatar, it remains an attractive option.
In the summer the winger was in Ghana where he held meetings with President Akufo-Addo and presented him with a signed Chelsea jersey, while also meeting the Sports Minister Ussif Mustapha and the GFA boss Kurt Okraku.
At club level, Hudson-Odoi has managed just two appearances so far this season for Chelsea and saw a deadline day loan switch to Borussia Dortmund rejected, with Thomas Tuchel adamant that he wanted to keep the youngster as a squad rotation piece.