Now, the 18-year-old is finally “officially eligible” to be selected by Germany thanks to a conformation from FIFA. The move seemed to be a formality, but ultimately needed the governing body’s stamp of approval.
Per the Associated Press, that confirmation came earlier today:
FIFA said it gave formal approval Friday for Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala to switch his national eligibility to Germany from England. The 18-year-old midfielder can now be called up to the German national team, which begins 2022 World Cup qualifying games this month. Musiala declared his wish last month to represent Germany, where he was born. He moved to England at age seven and played in Chelsea’s youth academy.
It is expected that Musiala will at least earn an invite to train with Die Mannschaft ahead of the upcoming international break. Whether or not Musiala earns a spot on the senior-team or takes a turn with the U-21 group is yet to be determined.
Reports have stated, however, that Musiala will not be eligible to play for Germany’s U-21 side in the U-21 European Championships. Still, Musiala could potentially spend time with that group before making his first-team breakthrough.