Jamal Musiala scored for England U21s against Albania recently
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Germany will attempt to persuade Jamal Musiala to switch countries despite his debut for England Under-21s.
The Bayern Munich midfielder, 17, made his debut for Aidy Boothroyd’s team last week and scored in Tuesday’s victory over Albania at Molineux but the Stuttgart-born teenager is wanted by the German Football Association (DFB) as they look to rebuild after this week’s 6-0 defeat to Spain.
Meikel Schönweitz, the DFB’s head of academy coaching, insisted Musiala “currently sees his future with England” but it is understood there is still hope he will play for the country of his birth.
Musiala played for Germany at Under-16 level while he was at Chelsea but also represented England in youth age groups and his decision will only be finalised when he plays a competitive game at senior level.
Germany are refusing to give up while there is a chance he could play for them at the top level. Playing in the first team at Bayern could work in their favour when he makes his final choice.
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He moved to the Allianz Arena from Chelsea at the start of last season and won a Champions League medal after being part of the squad that triumphed in the final in Lisbon earlier in the year.
Musiala has played eight games for the first team this season and scored two goals, his first making him Bayern’s youngest ever goalscorer. He became their youngest player last season when he came off the bench against Freiburg in June.
His progress earned him a call-up to the England’s U21s but Germany are expected to make a further effort when he returns to prepare for Bundesliga football.
“Nothing is written in stone,” said Boothroyd before giving Musiala his debut against Andorra last Friday. “We’re doing with what we’d do with any other player. He’s a good player, deserves to be stretched and that’s why he is with us. We’ll do our best to give him an environment to flourish and if he doesn’t join us, there’s nothing we can do about that.”
Gareth Southgate has refused to give competitive debuts to young players just to keep them out of the clutches of rival countries. Valencia’s Yunus Musah, the youngest non-Spanish goalscorer in La Liga, was on his radar but he was called up to the full USA squad for the current international break.