FIFA World Cup: Musiala in good form with Germany leaving for Qatar 2022

One of Germany’s top players could easily have been in the England squad at the World Cup in Qatar.

Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala represented England at junior level and eventually opted for Germany last year after being persuaded by then coach Joachim Lowe.

Musiyala underscored his case for an opening role in the World Cup with a key role in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Schalke on Saturday.

Making his 100th appearance for the club at the age of 19, Musiala assisted in both goals, with a backheel pass to Serge Gnabry. His individual prowess was on display when he dribbled past two defenders and scored the goalkeeper, even though the goal was denied for offside.

Among Musiella’s fans is 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthos, who urged Bayern to keep him at the heart of the team for years to come, just as Barcelona did with Lionel Messi for more than a decade.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann praised Musiella’s “quick and lively feet” and suggested that his fast footwork sometimes made hard work like good luck, with the youngster always appearing first to rebound. Is.

Musiala lets his game do the talking and is generally friendly and polite in interviews. “It was important that we got three points to go into the World Cup break,” he said on his game-winning show against Schalke.

“I think we did well in the first half of the season. We had a bad phase but I think it’s good to end the season strong.”

Born in south-west Germany to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Musiala spent almost a decade of his childhood in England. He was first a youth player for Southampton, then Chelsea, until signing for Bayern at the age of 16 in 2019.

When the coronavirus pandemic extended the season in June 2020 he made his debut to become Bayern’s youngest ever Bundesliga player, three months after he was the club’s youngest Bundesliga scorer.

The coach who gave Musiala his first team chance, Hansi Flick, is now his coach for Germany. After Lowe persuaded the teenager to commit to Germany and gave him his first senior international, Flick made him a first-team regular, playing the last eight matches in the Friendly and Nations League.

A feature of Musiala’s burgeoning international career is that three of his 17 matches for Germany have come against England – the team he could have played for.

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