England confident of pipping the United States to Valencia’s teenage star Yunus Musah… just a week after Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala snubbed Three Lions for Germany
- Jamal Musiala last week pledged his international allegiance to Germany
- But England have received more encouraging news about Yunus Musah’s future
- It is understood his preference is to pursue an international career with England
- Musah already has two senior caps for the United States, the country of his birth
England believe they are in pole position to win the race for talented Valencia forward Yunus Musah.
Just a week after Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala, who played for England juniors, pledged his international allegiance to Germany, the Football Association have received more encouraging news about Musah’s future.
The 18-year-old already has two senior caps for the United States, the country of his birth, but is eligible for the Three Lions.
England are hopeful of winning the race ahead of the US for Valencia star Yunus Musah
Sportsmail understands it is Musah’s preference to pursue an international career with England.
The teenager moved to London from Italy, another country he is eligible to play for, as nine year old before joining Arsenal’s academy.
Musah emerged as one of the most promising youngsters in the country during his time at the Gunners, playing extensively for England from the Under-15s to U18s.
And despite playing for the States, the FA are increasingly hopeful Musah, who also qualifies for Ghana, will prioritise an international career with England.
Having left Arsenal for Valencia in 2019, the forward has established himself as a key member of the LaLiga side, making 26 appearances this season – including 16 starts.
Following his selection for the USA senior squad in November, England boss Gareth Southgate said: ‘We think he’s a good player, that he’s on a good trajectory. We’d very much like his future to be with us.’ England Under-21 boss Aidy Bothroyd has also spoken of his desire to select Musah.
Musah, who has shone in LaLiga, already has two senior caps for the United States
Meanwhile, Southgate insists he is not overawed by the prospect of narrowing down his attacking midfield options ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers and this summer’s Euros.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and James Maddison are all vying for spots in Southgate’s plans, with at least one likely to be disappointed.
‘When you’ve got a choice of outstanding talent, of course there are big decisions you have to make,’ Southgate told talkSPORT Breakfast with Laura Woods and Ally McCoist.
‘It’s a case of who is playing the best, who has the pedigree, who is in form, who fits into the way we want to play with and without the ball.
‘But of course there is a lot of talent in these attacking areas, it’s hugely exciting.’ Southgate also feels England would be ‘well-placed’ to host the entire European Championships this summer if UEFA decide to scrap their plan to play the tournament in 12 locations across the continent.
He added: ‘You’d imagine if there is an option for one country to host, we’ll be well-placed with a couple of other countries to do that.’
Jamal Musiala recently snubbed England after opting to represent Germany at senior level
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