YESTERDAY IRELAND LEGEND Roy Keane poked fun at England for allowing one of their wonderkid Jamal Musiala to switch national teams.
For context, Musiala was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He moved to England with his family aged 7. The 19-year-old spent time in the Chelsea academy. before making a move to German giants Bayern Munich in 2019.
Jamal Musiala with nearly the goal of the tournament so far… pic.twitter.com/hETk18NUqv
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The German born midfielder was highly regarded in English football circles and attempts to tie him down to the Three Lions were made, but he opted to play with the German national team in February 2021.
The Bayern midfielder has since gone on to become one of the best talents in world football.
He started for Germany in the opening defeat to Japan on Wednesday.
Musiala's movie of countries will remind Irish fans of Declan Rice and Jack Grealish's switches from Ireland to England.
Both Rice and Grealish were born in England, but have relations from Ireland.. The pair played underage for the Republic, however both decided to play for their country of birth.
Both players have gone on to become stars for England.
Keane was asked yesterday on ITV before the game about Musiala's allegiance to the German team. The Cork native could not help himself and brought up the former underage Ireland stars.
"He (Musiala) is a kid and learning his trade, and what a place to be learning. It is nice to see England get a taste of their own medicine," said Keane.
"They took Grealish and Rice… don't get me started on that. We are looking forward to watching him. When he gets interviewed he comes across so mature, it is so impressive to see.'
Ian Wright also added: 'When you look at the amount of players who have chosen England over their own countries, it is one we have to take. We have to take it in our stride.
He has chosen Germany and let's face it they are a better international footballing nation than ours. He is good enough at 19 to play for Germany. He was born in Germany and he has chosen his home country.
I have seen him compared to Messi, he is just trying to get his career going. But like Bellingham, there is no ceiling.'
Germany play Spain on Sunday (7pm)
Roy Keane speaking about Jamal Musiala, who played for England, before rejecting them for Germany:
🗣️ “It’s good that England have been given a taste of their own medicine. They took Rice & Grealish. Don’t get me started on that.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/sneE3MJN06
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