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Report: Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala ineligible to play for Germany U-21 in Euros

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It seems that Germany FA’s tardiness in persuading Jamal Musiala has resulted in a missed opportunity for U-21 coach Stefan Kuntz.

Germany U21 v Moldavia U21 - UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

According to a report from Abendzeitung, Bayern Munich teen Jamal Musiala will be deemed ineligible to represent Germany in UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The 18-year old recently pledged his national team allegiance to Deutschland over England, after becoming the youngest Champions League goal scorer in his club’s 4-1 victory over Lazio.

Before announcing his decision, however, Musiala was the subject of an intense tug-of-war between Die Mannschaft and Three Lions FA, with the two archrivals seeking to secure the teenager’s international services.

Back in November, England’s U-21 even called-up Musiala for their final two games of the Euro qualification group stage. The Stuttgart-native appeared in both of the matches and scored a goal against Albania.

England U21 v Albania U21 - UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier Photo by Visionhaus

As a result, having already represented coach Aidy Boothroyd’s side in the qualifying stage, Musiala will be forbidden from participating in the U-21 Euros with another nation, i.e. coach Stefan Kuntz’s Germany. He is, however, eligible to play for head trainer Joachim Low’s team in the seniors tournament.

While Low has made it clear that he intends to call-up Musiala for the upcoming friendlies, the Stuttgart-native may have proved to be more useful to the U-21 team. With the senior team, it is unlikely that he gets a nod ahead of Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz. On the other hand, for coach Kuntz, who guided the youngsters to European glory in 2017 and competition finals in 2019, Musiala would’ve formed a terrific partnership with Florian Wirtz and Salih Özcan in attack.