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Jamal Musiala confirms decision to represent Germany over England

Jamal Musiala has confirmed his decision to represent Germany internationally, turning down the opportunity to play for England at senior level.

The teenager’s international future has been a source of contention with the Bayern Munich midfielder eligible for both nations and also Nigeria, with the 17-year-old having made a huge impression since moving to the Bundesliga champions from Chelsea in 2019.

The 17-year-old was born in Germany to a British-Nigerian father and German mother, but spent most of his childhood in England including several years within the academy system at Stamford Bridge.

Musiala – who scored during Bayern’s win at Lazio in the Champions League on Tuesday – has represented England and Germany at youth level, including making two appearances for the England U-21 side during November’s international break.

The midfielder has now pledged his international allegiance to Germany, however, though admits it was a difficult decision in choosing between the Three Lions and the country of his birth.

“What is best for my future? Where do I have more chances to play?” he told The Athletic

“In the end, I just listened to the feeling that over a long period of time kept telling me that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the land I was born in. Still, it wasn’t an easy decision for me.

“I have a heart for Germany and a heart for England. Both hearts will keep on beating.

“It is difficult to find words for what England means for me because I have so many memories connected to very positive emotions.”

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