Gareth Southgate admits it’s a shame England couldn’t persuade Jamal Musiala to reject Germany’s approach to playing for his national team.
Musiala has impressed since breaking through at Bayern Munich and is set to be part of Germany’s squad for the World Cup later this year.
The 19-year-old, who spent eight years at Chelsea academy, was one of Germany’s best players as he won the penalty against Harry Maguire in the 3-3 draw with England at Wembley on Monday night.
Musiala was born in Germany but spent most of his childhood in England, playing for the Three Lions at youth level before joining the national team last year.
And Southgate insists he did everything he could to persuade Musiala to stay with England.
“He’s an outstanding player, we had him and Jude [Bellingham] play for our U16s,” said Southgate after the tie between England and Germany at Wembley.
“He knows how much we liked him, he knows we wanted to keep him.
“But he trains every day at Bayern Munich with eight players from the German national team, they had the opportunity to influence him. It’s a shame, but he’s a very special talent.
“He has this beautiful ability to slide past people, he’s a very exciting player.”
National coach Hansi Flick also praised Musiala for his performance against England.
“Today he showed in many situations what characterizes him. We need that,” said Flick.
“He creates a different game situation with every dribble and opens up the opponent, creating spaces that you can go into. That is exactly what sets Jamal apart.”
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