I snubbed England for Germany and am desperate to impress vs Three Lions to boost World Cup dream, says Jamal Musiala

JAMAL MUSIALA is "desperate" to impress during Germany's Nations League clash with England tonight – one year after rejecting the Three Lions and switching international allegiance.

The midfielder, 19, was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and British father.

He was raised in the UK and went on to play for Southampton's academy before moving to Chelsea a year later.

In 2019 he left West London and returned to his home country to join German giants Bayern Munich.

The following year, he made his first-team breakthrough and scored his first Bundesliga goal in an 8-0 win over Schalke.

Musiala's impressive form quickly caught the attention of England officials and in November 2020 he was called-up to the under-21's squad for the first time.

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However, in February 2021 he announced his decision to switch international allegiance to Germany.

England boss Gareth Southgate recently admitted that he wanted Musiala to remain with England, but his ties to Germany proved to be too strong.

He said: "We'd have liked him to stay [with England] for certain.

"But when you're training at Bayern Munich every day and you're surrounded by Bayern Munich and German players, then that's a little bit more challenging and of course his family have those strong ties."

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Now Musiala, who has become a regular in the first team at Bayern Munich, has revealed that he is eager to establish himself on the international stage.

In an interview with the BBC, he said: "I'm desperate to perform well and make myself part of that squad – my first World Cup would be an amazing feeling.

"I want to take it up a notch, more physicality, stamina, get into better goalscoring positions and defensive discipline.

"Hansi Flick's style of play with Germany is more aggressive, like it was when he was at Bayern.

"We want to win the ball back high up the pitch to start attacks.

"It also means the opposition are further away from goal.

"We practise our high pressing a lot in training."

The midfielder also revealed that his way of playing has been inspired by "genius" Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller.

He added: "Everyone knows that attacking midfield is my preferred position because that's where I have the game in front of me.

"I can learn a lot from Thomas. Since my first training session, we've always talked about the game.

"The way he sees the game is genius because he sees where there will be space before it even happens, he's a couple of moves ahead.

"Before he receives the ball, he already knows what pass to play. He leads our structure when we're pressing.

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"When I get the opportunity to play higher up the pitch as a number 10, I already have some ideas of what could further my game."

Musiala was named in Hansi Flick's Germany squad for this round of Nations League fixtures last month, and he made an appearance as a substitute during the opening fixture against Italy on Saturday.

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