Bayern Munich striker Jamal Musiala says he will represent Germany on an international level ahead of England or Nigeria

Musiala, who will turn 18 on Friday, scored his first Champions League goal for Bayern Munich on Tuesday when the defending champions beat Lazio 4-1 in Rome to take control of the round of 16

The Stuttgart-born striker, who represented both England and Germany in their youth, says he has thought “a lot” about his international future

He said to The Athletic: external-link “What’s the best for my future? Where do I have more chances to play?

“In the end I just heard the feeling that it kept telling me over a long period of time that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the country I was born in. Nevertheless, it was not an easy decision for me

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

“It is difficult to find words for what England means to me because I have so many memories that are associated with very positive emotions”

Musiala, who moved from Germany to England as a child and was at the Chelsea Academy before joining Bayern in 2019, represented England at youth and U21 level.He scored for the U21 in a 5-0 win against Albania in November 2020

His goal for Bayern against Lazio, which was cleverly ended from outside the penalty area, made him the second youngest scorer in the history of the competition, after Bojan, who beat Schalke in the 2007 quarter-finals at the age of 17 years and 217 days for Barcelona met -08

Both England and Germany have World Cup qualifiers in late March and should Musiala play in any of those games – or any other competitive senior game – he will be tied to that nation

He has already met the German head coach Joachim Low and the team director Oliver Bierhoff

“I had a very good and honest discussion with Joachim Low. We met in Munich and he clearly showed me the way to the national team,” said Musiala

“I was impressed how well you both were informed. Mr. Low has analyzed my style and my weaknesses very well. He sees me in my strongest position in the future, the attacking midfield”

German football expert Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast earlier this month that Germany was taking “strong steps” for Musiala and made it official that they wanted him to be on the senior national team. p>

BBC World Service’s John Bennett said the German media are “very confident” in representing the four-time World Cup winner, who is currently headed by Joachim Low

“There is currently a vacuum of young talent in German football and they are desperate for him,” said Bennett. “There are rumors that they will pick him for the next international break”

Before Musiala announced his intention to play for Germany, former England and Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves had said Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate should call the teenager up to play against San Marino, Albania and Poland next month / p>

“Bayern have world class players in every position so it is really remarkable that he comes in and plays,” Hargreaves told BT Sport

“He’s a special player, can play on both wings and is best suited as number 10 – very athletic, looking for defenders, with great serenity, absolutely fabulous and I’m glad he started

“For special players, you make special decisions, I would love to see him in an English shirt, but it shows what level he is when countries like England and Germany fight for him at 17”

Former England striker Peter Crouch added: “I think Gareth should pick him We don’t want him to play for Germany You don’t know his attitude, he’ll have German people on his ears but why don’t you close him from? “

Musiala was born in Germany to a British-Nigerian father and a German mother and then moved to England at a young age

He was the youngest player to play for Bayern in the Bundesliga when he made his debut against Freiburg in June at just 17 years and 115 days

And Musiala then entered his name as Bayern’s youngest goalscorer with a goal against Schalke in the record book after falling from the bench on the opening day of the season

He scored his first goal

at the second start of Musiala in the Champions League and at the fourth appearance in the competition

“This has to be the biggest night of his career,” said BBC World Service’s John Bennett

Crouch added, “One has to wonder what Chelsea didn’t see and how he was sacked”

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