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Euro 2020: Germany’s Jamal Musiala says it won’t be tough to face England despite Three Lions past

Germany midfielder Jamal Musiala claims he WON’T find it tough to face England despite having played for his ‘second home’ at Under 21 level… but admits the Euro 2020 clash will be ‘a special match’

  • Jamal Musiala could play for Germany against England at Wembley on Tuesday
  • Musiala represented England at Under 21 level, being capped twice in November
  • But former Chelsea academy star has chosen to play for his country of birth
  • Musiala became Germany’s youngest player at a major tournament last week
  • The 18-year-old came on as a substitute in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Hungary 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Germany’s record-breaking teenager Jamal Musiala insists there will be no mixed emotions in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 clash with ‘second home’ England.

Bayern Munich midfielder Musiala, 18, became Germany’s youngest player to feature in a major tournament when he came on against Hungary last week.

The former Chelsea academy player, born in Stuttgart to a British-Nigerian father and German mother, opted to represent his birth country in February this year having already represented England at Under 21 level.

Jamal Musiala would face his ‘second home’ England if he lines up for Germany on Tuesday

Musiala trains for Germany on Monday ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2020 clash in the last-16

Musiala trains for Germany on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2020 clash in the last-16

When asked if Germany’s last-16 tie at Wembley will be a difficult game for him emotionally, Musiala told the German Football Association’s website: ‘No, I made a conscious decision to play for Germany.

‘But of course it’s no ordinary game for me. England is my second home and I had a lot of great years there, made a lot of friends and learnt a great deal.

‘I don’t want to forget my time there and it’s not something you can just shrug off. It will be a special match for me.’

Musiala represented the England Under 21s twice and as recently as November

The midfielder also featured for England at Under 15, Under 16 and at Under 17 level.

Musiala represented the England Under 21s twice and as recently as November

Musiala is good friends with Jude Bellingham who could line up for England on Tuesday

Musiala is good friends with Jude Bellingham who could line up for England on Tuesday

Musiala played in two games for England Under 21s and became good friends with Jude Bellingham after the pair played alongside each other for various England age groups. Bellingham will turn 18 on Tuesday.

‘We talked about the possibility of it happening ahead of the Hungary game,’ Musiala said. ‘He said that we’ll see each other soon and that we will swap kits after the game.

‘It will be nice to see him again. It’s been a few years since we played together for England.

‘We even played against Germany together, and now we’re coming up against each other at a major tournament – it’s something really special for both of us.’

Musiala became Bayern Munich's youngest ever player in the Bundesliga last year

Musiala became Bayern Munich’s youngest ever player in the Bundesliga last year

The midfielder has previously been on the books at Chelsea (right) before leaving in 2016

The midfielder has previously been on the books at Chelsea (right) before leaving in 2016

Musiala moved from Germany to the UK with his family aged seven and spent most of his childhood years at Chelsea.

He returned to Germany to join Bayern Munich when he was 16 and became the youngest player to play a Bundesliga match for Bayern, aged 17 years and 115 days, in June last year.

Musiala made his senior debut for Germany against Iceland in March and in last week’s group decider against Hungary stepped off the bench to help set up a crucial late equaliser.

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