Gareth Southgate wanted Germany star Jamal Musiala to play for England instead | Football

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Jamal Musiala of Germany looks on during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on September 26, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)

Jamal Musiala could have played for England instead of Germany (GES Sportfoto/Getty)

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.

Soccer Football - UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying - England v Albania - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - November 17, 2020 England's Jamal Musiala celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Jamal Musiala had played for England Under-21s before moving to Germany last year (Action Images via Reuters)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Harry Maguire of England and Jamal Musiala of Germany battle it out during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on September 26, 2022 in London, United Kingdom the ball. (Photo by Michael Zemanek/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Jamal Musiala won the penalty in Germany’s 3-3 draw with England at Wembley Stadium (DeFodi Images via Getty)

“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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