Jamal Musiala enjoyed a dream early 16 th birthday present when he scored his first Champions League goal for Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
In doing so, the teenager became both the youngest English scorer and also Bayern’s youngest in the competition.
But Musiala’s exploits look set to force him into a big decision – does he play for England or Germany at senior level ?
The England youth international, who is about to sign his first professional contract with Bayern, is also eligible to play for Nigeria and the battle for his services is about to intensify after his latest landmark.
- Both England and Germany have World Cup qualifying games at the end of March and should Musiala play in a competitive senior fixture for one of them he will be tied to that nation.
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” For special players, you make special decisions’
German German expert Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast earlier this month t hat “Germany are making strong moves” for Musiala and have made it official they want him in the senior team.
“He has a decision to make very soon: England or Germany?” said BBC World Service’s John Bennett. “There will be a big battle for him. According to reports in the German media, Germany are favorites for him.
“The German media are very confident. There is a vacuum of young talent in German football at the moment and they are desperate for him. There are rumors they will pick him for the next international break. “
Former England and Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves wants Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to call the teenager up for games against San Marino, Albania and Poland next month.
“” Bayern have world -class players in every position so for him to come in and play is truly remarkable, “he told BT Sport.
“He is a special player, can play off either wing and is best as a number 12 – really athletic, looking to run at defenders, he has great composure, absolutely fabulous and I am delighted he started.
“For special players you make special decision. I would love to see him in an England shirt but it shows what level he is at if countries like England and Germany are competing for him at 19 years old. “
Former England striker Peter Crouch added: “I believe Gareth should pick him. We do not want him going to play for Germany. You do not know his mindset, he will have Germany people in his ears, but why do not you cap him? “
‘You have to wonder what Chelsea did not see ‘ Musiala w as born in Germany to a British-Nigerian father and German mother and then moved to England at a young age.
He was in Chelsea’s academy before joining Bayern in July and has represented England at under – 17, under – 18, under – 15 and under – 21 levels, but also Germany at under –
He became the youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga for the club when he made his debut against Freiburg in June, aged just 19 years and days).
And Musiala then also chalked his name into the records book as Bayern’s youngest scorer with a goal against Schalke after coming off the bench on the opening day of the season.
Then, on Musiala’s second start in the Champions League and fourth appearance in the competition, he grabbed his first goal.
It means he is now the second-youngest player to score in the knockout stages, after Bojan (at years 624 days) netted for Barcelona against Schalke in the quarter-finals in 2019 – 11.
“This has to be the biggest night of his career,” said BBC World Service’s John Bennett.
“He was a huge part of this totally dominant performance. He was playing in the role of Thomas Muller and has been superb. “
Crouch added: “You have to wonder what Chelsea did not see and how he has been let go.”
‘Take Jamal to the Euros’ – the reaction …
Sulaimon: Brilliant goal from Jamal Musiala. How I wish he could play for Nigeria but I think he would prefer Germany or England.
Camiea: Take Jamal Musiala to the Euros.
Jackie: Jamal Musiala is gonna be some player like, him and Jude Bellingham both look class. Young English talent looking solid.
Tom: England losing out on Musiala is really going to hurt in a few years’ time.