Jamal Musiala ready for "cool" England and Germany UEFA Euro 2020 clash


Germany youngster Jamal Musiala says he is looking forward to a "cool" game in his second home of England when the two teams meet in the UEFA Euro 2020 last 16 on Tuesday at Wembley - a place where he once scored four goals as an 11-year-old...

Having become Bayern Munich's youngest ever goalscorer in September 2020, Musiala put himself in the record books again with an impressive substitute appearance against Hungary on Wednesday. Aged 18 years and 117 days, the teenager was the youngest ever player to feature for Germany at a major tournament.

Musiala moved to England at the age of seven and played for both countries at youth level before joining Bayern in July 2019. In February 2021, he declared that he would play for the Germany senior team.

The precocious attacking midfielder will now get the chance to show England what they're missing when he returns to London for a highly anticipated European Championship knockout clash at Wembley.

"It's a game against my second home," he said. "It's going to be a cool game."

Musiala has already given a glimpse of what England could have had, showing great skill to set up Leon Goretzka's equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Hungary in the group stage.

"We had to go full risk and go all out in attack," Germany head coach Joachim Löw said after the pivotal fixture in Munich. "Musiala was really good in some situations - you could see his class.

"Musiala was bold and won the ball back a few times. It was a very pleasing performance."

The former Chelsea academy player said he had been advised by Löw to have confidence in himself and attack with aggression, something that will be required again if he's called upon on Tuesday.

Musiala once played at Wembley as an 11-year-old - scoring four times for his school on the same day the League Two Play-off final was held there - and he also will come up against a familiar face on his return. The Bayern teenager previously featured alongside Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the England youth set-up.

Watch: Teenage Dreamers - Musiala and Bellingham

Musiala, though, made his Germany senior debut in the 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Iceland in March, and the midfielder - who was born in Stuttgart - could now prove a key player against Gareth Southgate's England.

"In the end, I just listened to the feeling that over a long period of time kept telling me that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the land I was born in," Musiala told The Athletic in February. "Still, it wasn't an easy decision for me."

After watching Musiala score six times for Bayern in the 2020/21 Bundesliga as well as once in the UEFA Champions League, Germany will be happy to have him on their side at Wembley.